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NO/ONE #5 REVIEW – A MAN OF A THOUSAND SIDES

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NO/ONE #5 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (credit: Image Comics via Black market Narrative)

NO/ONE #5 – Image Comics and Black Market Narrative

CREATIVE: Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!

For this entry, we’re diving back into the escalading mystery haunting comic’s most exciting line! Since it’s debut this past March, the newest addition to the Massive-verse has made a huge impact not only in the comic book world but in the land of podcasts.

Taking storytelling to this next level can be a daunting challenge but considering the masterminds behind it, fans know this is par for the course for Black Market Narrative. With its’ latest entry, the city of Pittsburgh braces for another blow as they try figuring out :Who Is No/One”?

NO/ONE #5 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou keeps readers guessing at the overall play of the major figures involved with the “Accountability Killer’s” legacy. Let’s not wait any longer and dive into the latest chapter!

WELCOME TO THE MASSIVE-VERSE!

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING *** PREVIOUS ISSUE REVIEW

With who the public thinks is the “Accountability Killer” is (Aaron Kern) behind bars, someone else has picked up his vision of “hacktivism”. This is leading to a rising body count from a copycat killer and a city closer to the brink of exploding. A figure claiming to be No/One has been watching and looking to see who is behind these attacks. The vigilante isn’t alone in the quest for truth. Multiple people are trying to solve the mystery before things can get possibly worse.

NO/ONE #5 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (credit: Image Comics via Black market Narrative) Cover: Klaus Janson

Former Assistant Chief Ben Kern (Aaron’s father) is conducting his own investigation into matters. Detectives Singh and Harper have been assigned the case by have to face a demanding public searching for answers. Pittsburgh Ledger Editor Teddy Barlow and reporter Julia Paige have started a podcast for their search which has lead Julia into danger more than once.

Last issue, Senator Noah Kemp unveiled Prop 87, which would give residents legal rights to “preemptive Immunity” against attacks from No/One essentially.

This issue kicks off with Aaron Kern recanting his original plea of guilty. The Pittsburgh Ledger team is debating on how to approach the story. Julia believes Kern’s change of heart might be in reaction to Prop 87. JC Randle (Head of PL Media) reacts in a different way to the news. Randle wants to steer the focus of the “Who Is No/One” podcast onto possible suspects.

WHO WANTS TO TALK TOYS?!

Meanwhile in jail, Aaron Kern meets with his new attorney, Roger Dennehy, about his attempt to become free. After their meeting, Dennehy drives away and pops a tire heading onto a bridge. Once he gets out to check, a visitor has appeared wanting a word with the lawyer. No/One cuffs him and throws him over the bridge to talk! The message is clear: Aaron Kern doesn’t leave jail!

NO/ONE #5 by Kyle Higgins, Brian Buccellato, Geraldo Borges, Mark Englert & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (credit: Image Comics via Black market Narrative) Cover: Mark Englert

How this interact ripples through the city will capture readers attention as they see the key players respond. Will Aaron Kern walk away? What does Ben Kern think of all this? What does this mean for No/One? Trust me when I say the mystery is anything but over by the time the closing image is seen.

Higgins and Buccellato fucus the theme of this issue on the Prop 87 ramifications. Seeing the Press reaction first reflected what the public is processing at the news. It’s a shocking turn of events as Kern has been adamant of his role being the “Accountability Killer”.

With the meetings he has later, the writing team sets up there is more to Kern’s agenda than readers have even begun to cypher. No/One’s time in the issue is maxed out perfectly, jumping in where needed. The clsoing act leaves much to be watchful for moving into the next chapter. At the halfway point, there is still much left to go before the answers are unveiled.

CHECK OUT THE PENGUIN!

Borges and Englert keep panels driven by the expressions to Kern’s play throughout this issue. In the staff room, the debate about coverage highlights the mounting frustration at the bigger picture.

No/One’s confrontation with Dennehy is impactful and shows the reader how driven No/One is willing to go. The half page panels jump off the page making these moments stand out. It’s only topped by an action sequence later that is completed with an amazing full page panel. The art always shines in this book and maintains the grim overtones of the story.

FINAL POINT: 9 OUT OF 10

The saga of the “Accountability Killer” takes a surprising twist in the pages of Image Comics and Black Market Narrative’s hit series. Higgins, Buccellato, Borges and the team showcase the cause and effect of a defining moment in the series with strong writing and incredible art. The story is more than a comic so make sure you pick up the latest issue and new podcast episode on New Comic Book Day!

Hit me up on ODPH Social Media and let me know your thoughts on No/One #5. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative.

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Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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