Devil’s Highway by Benjamin Percy and Brent Schoonover has been a doozy of a series thus far. The plot shines a major light on sex trafficking and a trucking underworld that exposes sex, murder, and snakes. The story follows Sharon Harrow, an ex-military woman who returns home for Christmas to visit her dad. The happy reunion turns into a nightmare when Sharon discovers that her dad’s been murdered. Devil’s Highway #5 sees Sharon come face to face with the killer who took away her old man with just one thing on her mind: revenge.
Devil’s Highway is a must-read book for any fan of the crime thriller genre. The storytelling delivers jaw-dropping situations, some of which are based on true events. From the start, it felt like this was a fantastically creepy whodunnit that hand-fed the audience clues and unpredictability at every turn. It’s your basic revenge story but interconnected within a bigger dilemma. Also, Sharon Harrow, the first arc’s female protagonist, matches the story very well and we learn just enough about her to sympathize with her actions. As much knowledge as we gain from this volume there’s still so much to know about this incredible story.
Devil’s Highway has strong ties to movies like Prisoners or Taken, which were great stories that highlighted sex trafficking. But Benjamin Percy doesn’t just stop there in terms of writing — Percy makes a valiant effort in his script to also talk about people going missing, killed, sold into prostitution, and how society sometimes ignores these matters with or without sufficient amounts of evidence. Devil’s Highway #5, as brilliant and entertaining as it is, seems to only crack the surface on a bigger scale to come in future volumes of the series.
Brent Schoonover’s illustrations match Percy’s creepy script perfectly. One of the most memorable elements of his artwork throughout the series is the consistency of never fully revealing the identity of the killer. Instead, he hides the antagonist’s face behind hats and sunglasses. In addition to that, he does an awesome job of utilizing the number of panels and transitions to flesh out the intensity of each gruesome moment.
Devil’s Highway #5 closes out the first volume in incredible fashion. There’s still a lot to learn about the trucking underworld and more importantly the people behind setting all this up in the first place. Devil’s Highway #5 is a must-read book for any fan of the crime thriller genre. The storytelling delivers jaw-dropping situations, some of which are based on true events.
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