Early Review: Hellbreak #5
Orpheus Team has located the lost soul they are tasked with rescuing from Hell… but the ghastly condition in which they’ve found him might be too much to handle! As they fight the legions of the underworld though an ever-changing maze, not every member of the team will make it back alive! And Jenner discovers a secret that shakes his beliefs to the core.
Cullen Bunn seems to be everywhere, Marvel, DC, Image, and Oni Press, as he is probably one of the most underrated writers of this medium and he never disappoints. In fact, he usually exceeds expectations as he does with this series. His writing style can adapt to whatever story he is telling and that makes him one of the most sought after writers. Brian Churilla is also another underrated artist of the genre. His style very much feels at home with the series here at Oni.
In the opening scene of this issue, Father Gabriel Lloyd, who is conducting an exorcism, and the team is trying to help a lost soul from Hell who is inhabited by demons. They fight hellhounds, while trying to survive living caves. The end of this issue unspools another mystery of one of their team members and his wife. The art by Brian Churilla pops off the pages, fall right into rhythm with Bunn’s storytelling, as just about every page is filled with action.
I am interested to see where they go with this story arc, as each issue so far has the team on the chase to find a lost soul and also have something to say about each individual character that is on the team. This universe, also seems to have so many avenues, it can go down, with even more interesting possibilities. It is almost as if The Fugitive met Ghostbusters. Every issue is at times gory yet fun.
Overall, a great series so far, and definitely some of Bunn’s best work yet.
Hellbreak #5 is out July 22.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Brian Churilla
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review