Review: Five Weapons #3
At the annual school festival, Tyler is caught in a battle between the Archery club and the Exotic weapons club, but a new threat emerges from outside the school that could blow his cover and ruin everything.
The miniseries taking a look at a school for young assassins continues this month in the pages of Five Weapons #3. The book is written, drawn, lettered, and colored by Jimmie Robinson. With Robinson’s hands being the only ones on the book, all the acclaim or blame goes directly to him. So far it’s been good, but is the third time just as charming?
Our story picks up with Tyler, who is not really Tyler Shainline to begin with, fighting Rick the stick for the presidency of the stick club. Tyler has already taken down the knife club, and the big bully Rick is next on his list. Tyler uses his Sherlock Holmes-like skills to figure out Rick’s weakness. The fight is a little rough, but Tyler’s brains beat out blind rage. The principal and other teachers meet again to plan Tyler’s downfall. He’s cocky and too big for his britches in their eyes. The only option they have left is for the exotic weapons club leader to set her star student, Joon the loon, loose to see if she can find Tyler’s weakness. Joon does as she’s told, but Tyler’s kindness makes her question her orders. The school is also preparing for their annual festival where a king and queen will be crowned. The queen is simply the top ranked girl in the school. The king is crowned after a challenge. Jade is the queen, but she doesn’t want it. She finds the practice sexist, she’d rather have a good fight. When the president of the archery club puts the moves on Jade, boasting how he’ll be the king, Tyler gets a little jealous. He throws down the gauntlet yet again as he announces he will win the challenge. The thing is, there isn’t an easy trick to beat arrows. How can Tyler pull it off? Is his new friend Joon really a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Robinson has crafted a really compelling story with Five Weapons. It’s a great idea that is brilliantly executed. This issue gives us a little more story and character development as we find out a few hints as to what may really be going on and why the principal is pushing for Tyler to be taken down. Robinson really brings the action, but there’s a good story looking at fitting in at school and being different. The art is great. It’s a cartoony/anime looking style that along with the colors makes for a bright, vibrant, and fun book. The setup for most of the battles and how they are resolved are slightly formulaic, but so far it’s a good formula so you forgive that part.
Bottom Line: Five Weapons is one of the most colorful and fun new comics out there. With two issues left, it will be interesting to see how Robinson wraps up the story threads dangling about right now. Five Weapons is well worth picking up 4.5/5