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'Danger Street' #5 sets up the Manhunter as a threat and foe
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‘Danger Street’ #5 sets up the Manhunter as a threat and foe

A can’t-miss comics series for anyone interested in seeing comics as a higher art form.

Danger Street has been an excellent example of how any comic character, no matter how obscure, can be interesting with the right narrative and art. Who would have thought a character called Lady Cop and the kiddo gang named the Dingbats could be so riveting?

The series is heating up with two significant plots at work in Danger Street #5. The first involves the death of one of the Dingbats and the revenge they seek, and the other has the Creeper having great success on a 24-hour conservative news program. Will these stories converge? Who cares, Orion is ready to kill some heroes to get to a dead body! As depicted on the cover, Alien and Orion fight to allow Barbarian a chance to sneak off with the body. Doesn’t sound very heroic, does it?

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For however pathetic Alien has been in his response to accidentally killing a kid, he sure does show off his fighting prowess against a god-like Orion in this issue. The last issue teased this confrontation, and it delivers big time thanks to Jorge Fornes’s excellent art. Tom King also understands how ridiculous a New God like Orion sounds when dealing with some rather normal superheroes like Barbarian and Alien.

Danger Street #5

I did not see Alien being so formidable!
Credit: DC Comics

That fight directly affects Lady Cop, setting in motion a convergence of many of the characters. It has been slowly boiling, and it appears a full boil is in order next issue. They aren’t all together yet, but a gun is present, a body has been flung out of a car, and Lady Cop is ready to act.

The second plot involving Manhunter murdering some potentially doomsday-dealing kiddos also progresses. This story hasn’t been as clear to me until now, though we’ve seen Manhunter kill one of the siblings. We get a proper explanation from Guardian, which helps to convey that the Manhunter is part of a cult, but maybe they are trying to save the world. I can’t say I understand why the Manhunter stopped killing a kid, then started again.

That’s juxtaposed well with Creeper, who continues to spout outright lies to get audiences angry. A confrontation with a key superhero also adds some context to his situation.

Once you put this book down, you’ll be surprised at how much content is here. I kept turning the page, expecting it to end, only to find more scenes packed with captions from the Dr. Fate helmet or plot progressing moments. Characters are converging, conflicts are had, and Danger Street remains a can’t-miss comics series for anyone interested in seeing comics as a higher art form.

'Danger Street' #5 sets up the Manhunter as a threat and foe
‘Danger Street’ #5 sets up the Manhunter as a threat and foe
Danger Street #5
Once you put this book down, you'll be surprised at how much content is here. I kept turning the page, expecting it to end, only to find more scenes packed with captions from the Dr. Fate helmet or plot progressing moments. Characters are converging, conflicts are had, and Danger Street remains a can't-miss comics series for anyone interested in seeing comics as a higher art form.
Reader Rating1 Votes
9.2
Offers real conflict and plot progressing moments
Fantastic art with multiple showstopper moments
These characters continue to be on the verge of confronting one another...and it feels slightly drawn out at this point
9.5
Great
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