Comic Review: The Inferior Five #1 (DC Comics)

If you’re like me, an older reader who remembers the original Inferior Five (silver age comic) from the 1960s, with its wacky meanderings, the Mike Sekowsky artwork and the feeling […]

If you’re like me, an older reader who remembers the original Inferior Five (silver age comic) from the 1960s, with its wacky meanderings, the Mike Sekowsky artwork and the feeling of it being strangely similar to Not Brand ECHH, this new incarnation from DC will be a bit of a surprise.

To be sure, the name has been borrowed in order to sell us something new. This new book is written by Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire, with Giffen penciling, and Michelle Delecki inking. Hi-Fi is the colourist. Basically, it’s this: Dangerfield Arizona gets no respect. It’s basically a ghost town without a real ghost. Just five kids, trying to stay alive. There is a sinister force at work. Reciting nursery rhymes, and tying things up in a horrible way. It’s aliens, ghost town, and murder on the High Noon Street.

The backup story links with the main plot.

Question: Is there a cave in this story? Yes, there is!

The story is about Peacemaker, who has been sent to Siberia. This short story continued, is written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, coloured by José Villarrubia.

The whole package is a weirdly wonderful western adventure, bringing in new concepts and characters. You might enjoy the thrill of the unknown, the crisp and eccentric storyline, the heavily inked and moodiness of the art. Just don’t expect to see Merryman, The Blimp, Awkwardman, White Feather, and Dumb Bunny.

DC Comics, The Inferior Five #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Rated Teen

Alan Spinney

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