DC Comics
Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape # 5 (of 6)
By Koppy McFad
September 19, 2009 - 00:24

DC Comics
Writer(s): Ivan Brandon
Penciller(s): Cliff Richards
Inker(s): Prentiss Rollins
Colourist(s): The Hories
Letterer(s): Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist(s): Scott Hampton
$2.99 US 32 pages


This miniseries has DC's master of disguise, Nemesis, trapped in a mysterious city, much like television's "The Prisoner" where nothing is what it seems. In this issue, some of the details of his situation come to light but many other things remain a mystery.

Part of the story seems like a modern version of "Groundhog Day" with Nemesis trapped into experiencing the same thing over and over again. But the character is showing more backbone, defying the expectations of the manipulators behind the scenes and daring them to do something about it. He actually reaches a crucial turning point which may lead to his discovering the truth of his situation.

While the plot is still oblique and rather confusing, the depiction of Nemesis gives the story much of its force. As someone in the book mentions, he has gone from being a mere supporting character (literally in the pages of WONDER WOMAN) to being his own man. The story actually seems to be coming together... but it still isn't clear what it is becoming.

Perhaps it is the format of this comic, which comes out only once a month but it is still hard to get into the story. It simply isn't that compelling so that readers will remember exactly what happened in the previous issue and understand how this all relates to the latest issue. Maybe when the whole thing is collected into a graphic novel, it will make more sense-- and will be more entertaining.

Rating: 6.5/10

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