Thursday, November 11, 2021

Comics Review: "DIE!NAMITE Volume 2 #5" Comes to a Fun Conclusion


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Carratù with Jordi Perez
COLORS: Kike J. Diaz
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Suydam; Joseph Michael Linsner; Dave Acosta; Lucio Parrillo; Angel Ray (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated Teen+

DIE!namite is a series of zombie apocalypse comics from Dynamite Entertainment that utilizes some of the publisher's most popular characters and licensed properties.  The latest is DIE!namite Lives!  It is written by Fred Van Lente; drawn by Vincenzo Carratu with Jordi Perez; colored by Kike J. Diaz; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.  In the new series, Vampirella and the remainder of Project Superheroes look for a new savior, and that could be Ash Williams (the lead character of the 1992 film, Army of Darkness).

DIE!namite Lives! Volume 2 #5 opens at “Battle Base” in the Pacific Northwest.  Evil Sonja and Peter Cannon have made their final moves in Sonja's bid to end all life on Earth.  But has Cannon been wise in this choice he has made, and is he truly or fully Sonja's partner?

Meanwhile, back at a the local “S-Mart” warehouse, Patha, Vampirella, and Ash make a bid to retrieve the  “Necronomincon Ex Mortis” from Jennifer Blood.  Blood is holding the unholy book tight, encouraged by Smiley, who has offered her a deal to save her children.  But is this another partnership doomed by a misunderstanding of what the terms of the deal really are?  In this final showdown, one will die, or some will die, or all will die!

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is DIE!namite Lives! Volume 2 #5, which is the third issue of this series that I have read.  In fact, this is only the third DIE!namite comic that I have read, although I've known of the series since it first began.

Under Lucio Parrillo's killer main cover for this fifth issue, writer Fred Van Lente wraps up DIE!namite Lives! Volume 2.  It's the best issue yet and the most fun to read because Van Lente spoofs all the characters' machinations and desires.

The art team of Vincenzo Carratu and Jordi Perez present quirky compositions that give this closing issue a wild and crazy vibe while giving the action an extra jolt of energy.  Kike J. Diaz colors are a sickly green haze that brings out the funk of forty thousand years.  Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou makes this end holla for life.

DIE!namite Lives! Volume 2 #5 is the end, but a third volume is coming.  If this issue is any indication, the next one could be fun.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of DIE!namite will want DIE!namite Lives! Volume 2.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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