Review: Among the Willows #5


One of the best shows of this year,was an incomplete idea by the iconic Bruce Lee. Based on a story idea he drafted almost thirty years ago, his daughter ended up reviving it in one of the most tumultuous times in history. The stories of people of color throughout history are now being told and this particular one is not only timely but significant as it brings up the issue of sex slavery.

It’s an issue that’s still a world epidemic. Within the show, we find a complicated world where passage to America means doing work that is less than desirable. The show also displayed in equal measure the fortitude required to rise above your station, as Olivia Cheng’s Ah Toy does. In the fifth issue of Among The Willows, the boys’ new ally, who reminds me of Ah Toy, takes us to a place where their reason for fighting becomes multiplied.

We find the gang deliberating about helping their new ally, Liu, with a set of unknown risks that can lead them to their death. As tensions rise, so do the differences between them. Liu’s cousin enters the picture. As he reaches the saloon he has Gideon’s men hot on his trail which forces one of our heroes to act. Liu’s cousin reveals to the gang the horrors that he and others endured making Mathis’s and Dawson’s minds up once and for all. By issue’s end, the gang prepares for the final showdown, one that can spell death for each of them

Overall, an electrifying issue that is slower in pace but remembers to tell a great story. The story by Adam Meadors and Sam Romesburg is superb and cerebral. The art by the creative team is remarkable. Altogether, a story that crackles with heat, utilizing story devices from modern action movies.

Story: Adam Meadors and Sam Romesburg
Art: Bruno Chiroleu
and Renzo Podesta
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy