"Abbott #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by Saladin Ahmed
Illustrated by Sami Kivela
Colored by Jason Wordie
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 30th, 2018
Elena Abbott is in a jam. Her investigation into some bizarre happenings in the city of Detroit has led her to a maniacal old white guy who's about to mansplain his entire plan to her. He clearly knows more about Elena and her abilities than she does, so he's got the upper hand unless she can get some help to get out of this mess.
I lamented in my review for Abbott #4 that there seemed like there was a lot of loose ends to wrap up in the final issue. That is definitely the case, as the ending is rushed. Up until this point, Elena is a tough-as-nails reporter who will stop at nothing to get a story. Now all of a sudden she has some sort of special powers that can help fight evil. This might have been vaguely hinted earlier on, but nothing concrete, so this comes out of nowhere. Her abilities are poorly defined too, so it makes me wonder if this was intended to be a longer series and just got squished into a five-issue run.
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Although the finale feels like a freight train, it does provide Elena with some closure. She gets to see the ghost of her husband and embrace him in a very touching moment. His soul is still lost, so it gives her something to continue to search for in the future. Elena also gets a new purpose in the form of a job at an African American newspaper that will back her 100%.
While the story lets me down a bit, Sami Kivela's artwork does the complete opposite. I will read anything this guy draws, as he always delivers top-notch work. Every page is unique and visually interesting. The villain has this swirling darkness around him, like he's struggling to contain evil spirits within his body. This appears as a tendril like mist that envelops him, coming out of his eyes in the most unsettling fashion. Colorist Jason Wordie gives it an eerie purple shade too.
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Also, there's a werewolf. Don't ask me how that fits in, but again, Kivela's designs the hell out of it. There's an awesome battle with this creature that leaves it deformed but still fighting. This creates a haunting image, as this monster that should be dead suddenly gets up to attack once more.
Abbott left me with more questions than answers. While it is a visual masterpiece, the story falls short. Elena is certainly an interesting character and there's a lot that can be done with her. I'd welcome further issues to explore her world and properly flesh out her destiny and her newfound abilities. As it stands, this final issue leaves something to be desired.