After prevailing against the first of the five beasts, Thunderthighs, Orphan Mo and her newly acquired crew proceed to face down the next Beast on the list and clear the lands of their evil overlords.

Orphan Mo’s journey to clear the lands of these evil beasts continues to be an entertaining read due to Stokoe’s winning formula of humor, action, and heart. Yet despite the previous issue, this issue switches things up. If the previous issue was more traditional in regards to action, then Stokoe ensures that it’s not always gonna be the same with each issue as this issue introduces some grizzly grindhouse surprises for our protagonist Mo. It’s amazing how Stokoe uses the antagonists as a means to play around with different genres to keep this tale of revenge exciting throughout the series.

The art for this book continues to be a delight as James Stokoe continues to remind readers of just how skillful he is as a visual storyteller. His ability to display environmental scale and personality throughout each page is a masterclass. His crisp detailed line work accompanied by his coloring blend together beautifully, making this 32-page issue a pleasurable read.

Orphan and the Five Beasts is everything you want in a mini-series. It’s full of humor, insane surprises, and kinetic action. Stokoe is on top of his game making this a comic that could be enjoyable for comic and manga readers that enjoy balls to the wall fisticuffs, beautifully crafted art, and entertaining storytelling. If you’re looking for a book that will not disappoint, then this book is it. I highly recommend adding this book to your pull list.

By Anthony Andujar Jr.

Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.

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