Bree Hale has proven time and again during the Dead Body Road series that blood is indeed thicker than water. She’s sacrificed her bar, her livelihood, and nearly escaped assassination attempts. But will she survive an encounter with Mr. Sinclair aka Monk? This issue sees Hale come face to face with Monk, the crime boss who wants to see her brother Hunter six feet under. Justin Jordan and Benjamin Tiesma dial up the intensity with some shocking revelations in Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #5.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #5!
Dead Body Road #5 lays a thick layer of character development that sticks, but it’s not for the character most readers would think. If you guessed Bree Hale, then you’re sadly mistaken. While Bree has more than proven that she can handle her own in the face of adversity — and bullets for that matter — this issue speaks volumes about Mr. Sinclair.
He’s been a man on a mission since the first time he stepped foot on a panel. Dead Body Road #5 brings to light some of the reasoning behind his sinister tactics, like shooting hotel clerks in the face. But from an empathic standpoint, it also flips the narrative to let us see things from Sinclair’s perspective. Jordan has always been fantastic at connecting readers emotionally to characters in his stories. So, when Mr. Sinclair confesses the sins of Bree’s brother Hunter, it may have some readers choosing his siding over Hunter.
Helping build the rage of emotion that spews for Sinclair is of course the dynamic pencil work of Tiesma. When Sinclair sees red, Tiesma knows how to bring the rawness to the page. His character positionings, transitions, and pacing all work in beautiful unison. Plus, he’s good at bringing out the best and worst of characters, and the climactic scene involving Bree and Mr. Sinclair is just one of the amazing moments in this book.
Dead Body Road #5 brings a lot of heart and emotional reveal for the antagonist of the story, featuring a twist that will leave some readers a bit indecisive for who to root for going into the final issue. You don’t want to miss this one. Make sure to add it to your list the next time you hit your local comic shop.
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