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Translucid #5

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By Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, Daniel Bayliss and Adam Metcalfe

The penultimate issue of Translucid turns the crazy up to eleven. The Horse is seemingly done playing games and a drugged up Navigator is powerless to fight back. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that the drug isn’t some pleasant sleeping pill, it makes you trip balls. If The Navigator isn’t already completely messed up in the head, he’s going to be after this trip.

Let’s flip this around for a moment and focus on the art and coloring of Daniel Bayliss and Adam Metcalfe respectively. The art is bananas! That’s all there really is to say about it. Seriously though, the scenes in the alternate reality, or whatever it’s going to turn out to be, are spectacular. You take Bayliss’ unrelenting art and add Metcalfe’s in your face colors and it’s nothing short of a recipe for some of the best art on the shelves in recent memory.

Both Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert continue to build up the final battle between The Horse and the Navigator and in fine fashion they’re sure stacking the deck against our hero. The Horse is turning out to be a fantastic antagonist with just the right amount of crazy and genius mixed together in an over-sized horse head. Both of these writers are still holding their cards close, and there’s still the potential for them to flip everything you think is going to happen on its head and you can bet your money they will. While you wait to see if you’re right, you can enjoy their fantastic characters and fantastic scenes all put together with fantastic art.

It’s absolutely nerve racking to wait for this final issue and hopefully getting some of those answers, but it’s (finally) almost here. This entire team has produced a magnificent mini-series thus far, so all that’s left is to bring it home in one issue that’s sure to top all the rest. If you missed out on this BOOM! Studios classic, do whatever you can to check it out. It’s more than worth every penny.

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