Once again, the too long; didn’t read of this review is go and buy By The Horns #5 because it’s another home run.
I am an unabashed fan of this creative team. The previous (and only) story they worked on together, the three Voracious miniseries, remains one of my favourite works in comics to this day, and with By The Horns shaping up to be every bit as good – maybe even better – than their debut with the team, to borrow a cliché, firing on all cylinders.
I could easily repeat a lot of what I said about the previous issue for By The Horns #5, minus the story specific details, obviously, because there’s not a lot for me to talk about beyond how much I enjoyed the book. I’ve read it multiple times at this point, and I am yet to tire of it. Muhr and Tabacaru are putting out some of the very best work I’ve seen with, infusing the pages with a vivid lusciousness that sets the comic apart from the heavy, darker colours you see used so often these days. The comic looks like how a breath of fresh air feels like after exiting a stifling room (or a nightclub/pub when you could still smoke inside). The art isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, mind, but the pages are still vibrant.
Once again, Naso delivers on the story; allowing some of the personal rifts within the book’s characters to rear their heads finally reveals the tension that the audience has seen brewing. But it’s how he caps the book off that’s really cool – yes, there’s a cliff hanger, but the implications of what was said are going to be felt for awhile yet (and make this the hardest wait for the next book yet.
Overall, By The Horns #5 is once again evidence as to why Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru are a team to keep on your radar. Scout have an excellent series here, and I hope that we get to see a lot more of Elodie and Sajen in the future (note that this isn’t the end of the series, just my personal wish that the ongoing continues for a long time).
Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review