(Courtesy of BOOM! Studios)
A satisfying and gripping conclusion, Lazaretto #5 (BOOM Studios) will play around with the reader’s emotions before they reach the shocking final pages. Since the previous four installments, Lazaretto has been gearing up for a wicked conclusion that combines body horror, zombie movies, and Lord of the Flies.
As we previously mentioned, a pandemic suddenly strikes at a dorm complex. The small American college is quickly quarantined with all of the male and female students trapped within. The sickness starts to take a greater toll on the trapped students. Charles and Tamara attempt to break out of the quarantine as a nationwide quarantine is now in effect.
Here are 5 reasons why you should read Lazaretto #5:
5) The Clever Title!
As we previously mentioned, Lazaretto is defined as a quarantine station for maritime travelers. In the comic, the travelers are a metaphor for the college dorm residents moving away from home for the first time. Lazarets are ships permanently kept at anchor, referring to the quarantined college campus.
4) The Hallucinatory Final !
Writer Clay Mcleod Chapman keeps the suspenseful narrative focused on Tamara and Charles’s final passage. With the virus spreading, Tamara and Charles face their darkest fears as the Leper Colony has taken over.
3) The Scariest Pages Ever!
The final pages really hit home with the comic’s overall dark themes. College really stands for self-discovery, whether or not students can mature and survive in the outside world. Tamara and Charles will barely recognize themselves by the time the last pulse-pounding page arrives.
2) The Artwork!
A major highlight for me, Jay Levang’s sketchy style captures a surreal nightmare between reality and unreality. Levang distorts facial expressions as human flesh starts to melt off the body. Conformity is represented by the skinless horde that completely obeys.
1) Unsettling Horror!
— Jey Levang (@jeylevang) January 30, 2018
As a horror fan, it has been an absolute pleasure to read Lazaretto up to its concluding chapter. The fifth installment lets loose on the body horror imagery with such unbridled gore and vividness.
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Lazaretto #5 is out in stores on January 31st, 2017.
– By Jorge Solis