Radiant Black has been one helluva ride thus far. With its incredible action sequences, relatable characters, and engaging dialogue, it’s shaping up to be something unique in the realm of comic books. Just when you think things couldn’t get worse for Nathan Burnett, they do, and that’s what makes this a book you can’t put down. After the climactic ending to issue #4, readers were left wondering whether Nathan Burnett survived an entire building collapsing on him. I guess you’ll have to read it to find out.
While I can’t say too much without giving away some major spoilers, it’s worth noting that Radiant Black #5 takes the story in an entirely different direction than readers may have been expecting, starting with Nathan’s friend Marshall. Marshall plays a pivotal role in Radiant Black #5, and his character development goes from zero to a hundred in just a few pages. In addition, we finally get to see who’s under the mask as far as Radiant Red is concerned, and a few other surprises along the way. Radiant Black continues to be an impressive series that flips the superhero genre on its head the second you think you have everything figured out.
In terms of the artwork, everything flows together nicely. Eduardo Ferigato and Marcelo Costa make each page easy to follow and understand what’s going on from panel to panel. I cannot express how incredible the character designs are in this book — it feels like you’re experiencing what the Tron and Power Rangers outfits would look like fused together.
Radiant Black is the superhero book we need but don’t deserve. It raises so many questions and leaves us on such a great cliffhanger you’ll be begging Image to push the release date up for the next volume. Writer Kyle Higgins and artists Eduardo Ferigato and Marcelo Costa have created a fantastic and standout issue that phenomenally closes the first arc.
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