Review: Five Weapons #2
Tyler barely escapes the knife club only to become the target of both the stick club and every teacher in the school of Five Weapons. This time the faculty plans to beat Tyler at his own game and embarrass him in front of the whole school.
Image’s new five part series about a school of assassins continues this week with the release of Five Weapons Book Two: Rick The Stick by Jimmie Robinson. The first issue introduced us to the crazy school for assassins specializing in five different types of weapons. With the knife club conquered, can Tyler survive the four other clubs?
Our story picks up right where the last one left off, Tyler is going up against Jade to become president of the knife club. With Tyler being so smart and too cool for school, you can imagine he does pretty well against the knife-wielding Jade even though he is unarmed. After that skirmish, we see how the teachers are reacting to having the child of the famous Shainline family in their classes. Tyler, who as you remember last issue is actually Dominic the son of the Shainline servants, has made quick work of three of the other clubs. The other three clubs have been humiliated, but Tyler hasn’t messed with the staff club yet. The teachers, tired of the smart aleck Tyler’s antics, let the staff club president loose to try and instigate a challenge for the club’s presidency. Since the staff club is already full of bullies, the plan goes off without a hitch. Tyler is thrown off his game, but can he recoup in time and figure out another way out of the challenge?
Robinson crafts a really fun story with Five Weapons. The world he has created is weird, funny, and really rather cool. Tyler is your Sherlock/Encyclopedia Brown type character. Robinson even peppers in cool background images paying homage to that fact. Robinson has a good story, but it’s almost more interesting to look at the backgrounds of each panel to try and find the Easter Eggs and nods to comic books and even Image Comics. There’s no other way to describe the book other than fun. We’ve still have three more issues to go, but I’m expecting Robinson to give us a look at the other clubs and continue the mystery behind Tyler/Dominic.
Bottom Line: Five Weapons is a one of the most fun books I’ve read in a while. Robinson has created a world with some familiar elements that he really gets to play around with. It’s really an all-ages read that both adults and younger readers will enjoy 5/5