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Comic Review: C.O.W.L. #5

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:04 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Trevor McCarthy

Cover by Trevor McCarthy

Chapter Five:  Sacrifice

Story by Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel

Art by Rod Reis

Published by Image Comics






C.O.W.L.#5 opens when, in the aftermath of a melee with the Chicago Police, C.O.W.L. must find a way from being swept under the rug by the City. Negotiations drop as someone tied to C.O.W.L. caused an explosion on the picket lines, as this superhero crime thriller finishes its first arc with their best issue yet.

Written by Kyle Higgins (Gates of Gotham, Nightwing), and Alec Siegel (Avengers: Mythos), C.O.W.L. opens in the Loop of Chicago, as things wrap following an explosion that is being tied to the superhero union. This period piece takes a genre that is beaten to death with a horse (superheroes) and blends it excellently with a crime thriller and political espionage tale that’s hard to resist.


With negotiations coming to a dead halt, Warner becomes desperate to keep C.O.W.L. alive, while everyone around him tries to prepare to move on. My only gripe with this issue is that some of the speech balloons fall into the background. When using balloons that don’t have a stroke to them, when put against a white background, all you see is the letters. While it isn’t too difficult to figure out who is saying what, it does take you away from the scene for a moment.

Rod Reis’ (Teen Titans, Aquaman) artwork is pleasant to look at and easy on the eyes. His watercolor (I assume, it can be hard to tell in the digital age) style perfectly fits the political thriller tones of the book. With intentions unclear among the characters, Reis’ artwork enhances their hidden agendas.


Overall, this is the series I continue to look forward to each month. Higgins and Siegel continue to bring their unique take on superheroes and make it a winner. We’re now five issues in and the story is still just beginning.

Story: 8/10

Art: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

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