I’ve been singing the praises of Dead Letters since the very first issue. While none of the issues since have blown me away in the same way, it is still consistently in my type five reads every month. Now that the first arc has finished, I’m fascinated to see where we go next and this first issue doesn’t disappoint.
Having successfully played both ends against the middle, Sam has managed to upend the pecking order of Here while still hanging around. The gang war between Ma and Jones blazes on but Sam has other concerns. The powers that be have work for him in the boroughs, where the gangs hold sway. Sam is willing to do what he has to but his real concern is why he still can’t remember his death. A fact that seems surprising to everyone, well everyone but Maia. It also seems that Sam has made a reputation for himself, which could make his job as God’s agent a bit more difficult.
I enjoyed this issue. Sam is trying to find the entertainment value in his predicament which makes it more fun for us. There is still the mystery of his death to be explored but there is also plenty about Here that we don’t know yet, nor does Sam. The writing is on point as we see more of the plot unspooling ahead of us. The art continues to enrich the story with all its detail and colors.
I’m giving Dead Letters #5, four and a half out of five stars. Consistently readable, this new storyline seems to made to build on the first but is still an excellent jumping on point for new readers.
Here’s a sneak peek inside:
Dead Letters #5
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
On Sale October 08, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUL140970