Comic Book Review: Five Weapons #1
Written by Jimmie Robinson
Art by Jimmie Robinson
Published by: Image Comics
By Nolan Patrick Smith
High school can be tough enough on a teen. Those awkward years that go in to trying to obtain that almighty diploma and get the heck out as soon as possible are years we all remember, and maybe shutter at. But what if your school was one that trained assassins and had faculty equally as dangerous? Then you would have Image Comic’s Five Weapons.
From the mind that brought the world Bomb Queen comes Five Weapons, a story full of guns, blades, snakes, arrows and more. Five Weapons is a school for assassins of the world to send their kids to get the training they need to make it in the family trade. Tyler Shainline, the star of the book and the newest student to the deadly school, would appear to be a bit shorthanded when it comes to weapons: he has none. So how does someone with no weapons survive in a school where death is literally around every corner?
With some good old fashioned brainpower. Tyler comes from the Shainline family, a well-respected and notorious family whose names strikes fear in those who simply hear it. So, when a Shainline comes to the school, of course he has a lot to live up to. But Tyler goes a different route, using his sharpness and wit to survive. Think Shawn Spencer from the USA TV show Psych, but with no fake psychic detective agency. Hyper aware of his surroundings, Tyler just might be the one to watch in a school full of standouts.
Jimmie Robinson has crafted an amazing first issue here, one that leaves you waiting for more. It’s like a crazy mash-up of Psych and a Quentin Tarantino film, with results that are as good as they sound. Crisp, clean art, clever characters and a protagonist you will root for even when it looks like he has no chance, this book has it all. Image Comics has done it once again, so jump on board while you still can with this series. Highly recommended, I give Five Weapons #1 a perfect @@@@@ out of FIVE.