This is a prime example of how to tell a story from a secondary point of view. Our narrator is Castor the Bagworm race known for twisting situations and fueling conflict through lying and peddling. In addition to this, Bagworms are excellent storytellers, and Castor has never had a good story to tell, that is until meeting Bigfoot. He and Castor find themselves captured by the Red Demon and set to be executed. However, Castor has a way out of the situation, but can he live with the consequences? Will the payoff be worth it? Pick up Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman #5!
There is a lot to say about this comic, but I feel as though if I say too much, the beauty of the character development would be diminished. The story has some action, but it isn’t dependent on the action scenes. Honestly, the dialogue is pretty basic, but the monologues and narratives are spot on, offering real insight into the motivations of Castor. Selfishness, greed, love, and pride all factor into his decision-making and the payoff for the reader is worth it. Taylor’s art and Bonvillain’s colors read very well for the desert setting, especially during the night scene. Blues and greens soften the harsh reds and yellows of the daytime to add a serene tone. Also, I normally don’t discuss lettering, but there were some very creative choices by Wollet. Sometimes the narrative is shown in boxes, but in others they are on miniature scrolls, differentiating between tones to Castor’s tale. Also, there is a sound effect using a giant font resembling a military stencil. Comes from left field considering the Egyptian feel, but looks really cool. Some of the best work in this book has no words at all, walking through a situation in silence and adding tension.
This comic made me care about a secondary character by putting the reader in his shoes. I still don’t know a lot about Bigfoot’s motivations or personality, aside from him Conan the Barbarian-like role, but I didn’t really care. This finished this issue saying “That was a good comic”, but it didn’t influence me enough to add this to my pull list, especially when next issue will probably shift back to Bigfoot’s POV. Nothing wrong with the comic though, just no long-term appeal. Recommended for anyone interested in alien races in ancient civilizations.
Great, Four out of Five Stars
Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain