Action Journalism #5

by Nick Devonald on May 19, 2020

Writer: Eric Skillman
Artist: Miklós Felvidéki

The, currently anyway, final issue of Action Journalism manages to live up to the previous issues while simultaneously exceeding expectations. The first three issues were praised for being stand alone, as one of their strengths, and while this is equally true of the fourth and fifth (they are a two--parter so need to be read together) the whole series comes together to tell a quite cohesive and satisfying story.

It remains true to the golden age comics it emulates while bringing the style and feel into the modern century. This issue has a clever idea involving meme’s, a very modern thing, but the execution feels very old school. It’s well done and effective. It feels like a bit of a riff on classic superhero stories as well as taking a number of stereotypes and making an entertaining story with them. The story doesn’t work in spite of these deliberate stereotypes and tropes, it works because of them.

Kate Kelly remains unflappable despite what is thrown at her, and always manages to use her brains to save the day. This issue has it all. Mad one eyed generals, mind controlled armies, an overall glass half full positivity and heroic message. It achieves exactly what it sets out to do. The final issue also changes the status quo in Kate Kellys world. Whenever it inevitably returns (and it is good enough that it should return) it’ll be interesting to see what impact this has on the tales going forward.

Miklós Felvidéki is the perfect artist for Eric Skillman’s writing, his art literally brings the story to life in the most perfect way. The newspaper style which has been so praised in previous reviews doesn’t get old, it’s both a clever nod and stylish rendition of classic comics. There is a silliness to each of the stories that have been told in this series and Felvidéki manages to make it look good and capture the tone of the story with ease. Lesser artists would end up making this a lame mimicry of the style it’s trying to capture, but Felvidéki makes this an excellent homage instead.

A good, fun, all-ages series, they’re also reasonably priced and this reviewer would recommend picking up the entire series. Not only are they are modern homage to golden age classics, bordering on spoofing some of the more prolific superheroes, they are a fantastic bit of escapism and will put a smile on any readers face. The art style is clever and helps elevate the entire series.

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