Review: The Blue Flame #5

Writer: Christopher Cantwell 
Artist: Adam Gorham
Colorist: Kurt Michael Russell
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover B: Adam Gorham
Cover B: Yoshi Yoshitani
On Sale: 11/3/2021

The Blue Flame presents his opening argument to the Tribunal Consensus, finally beginning to make his case for the salvation of humanity by leading a hyper-visual tour of its beautiful accomplishments. But at home in Milwaukee, Sam Brausam is still dealing with extensive PTSD and becomes volatile in the house. With a baby well on the way, his sister Dee demands he go to a tragedy support group and seek help or move out. As the defense makes its counter opening argument, Sam faces prying and morbid curiosity from his new group therapy peers, leading him to seek solace with Reed Gordon again-but she may be unwilling to offer any, given her own dark and tragic past.

There’s a lot of heavy story to unpack with this issue. Sam’s struggles at home, with himself, with therapy, and even who he can trust. And as the Blue Flame, he’s struggling to defend humanity and the right to continue existing. But it’s absolutely excellent and really makes you pause and reflect on everything as a whole, and even consider yourself- are we worth saving?

The art is beautifully done, with jumps between Sam’s reality, and his reality as The Blue Flame, done in such a way that we can keep reading without pausing to figure out where/when we are. The pages are stunning. The colors are gorgeous. The lettering is fantastic.

Grab issue 5 today!


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