The Cull #5 Review: “Do Not Miss It”

The Cull #5 review

Read our review of The Cull #5 from Image Comics, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Mattia De Iulis as the YA series ends.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Cull #5 Review:

In the finale of this series, our heroes are fighting giant monsters on Earth — a problem they may have caused. And in the final pages, a twist so big you’ll be begging for a second series.

“My issue of the week,” said host Alex Zalben. “This is the one that… [I] gasped, screamed out loud at the end.”

In fact, Zalben noted he gasped twice. The first time was the kaiju fight that happens in the middle of the book. And the second was the end of the book, which made Zalben say, “Give me more of this series right now. How dare you! And that’s a great feeling to have… Kelly Thompson has set up these characters that I care about and want to follow. Mattia de Iulis is doing stunning artwork throughout this issue. It definitely leans more into superhero, Godzilla-style fights, but it still digs into the emotional life of the characters in a very real way. This series was phenomenal. If you didn’t pick it up, pick up individual issues, pick up and trade. Do not miss it. This is one of my favorites of the year.”

Added Justin Tyler, “The art is so wide panel it feels like you’re dipping into [it]… If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, this is definitely right there. It feels like you’re dipping into a full television show every panel.”

“It’s a banger for sure,” agreed Pete LePage. “Amazing action, great story, well-earned moments… Kelly Thompson is just killing it right now.”

The Cull #5 Official Synopsis:

Our heroes grapple with their wins and their losses. Nothing will ever be the same again. But is it ever? There’s no place like home, that’s for sure.

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