A World The Same But Still Too Different – Life Is Strange #5 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The year is 2016, and the place is Santa Monica, California. Max Caulfield lives with her roommates, Chloe Price and Rachel Amber. Max takes film-editing gigs, Chloe is a mechanic with artistic aspirations, and Rachel is a would-be actress that primarily makes internet makeup tutorials. The three young women seem happy, but their problems are boiling over. Rachel is having no luck finding acting jobs, and Chloe worries about her. Max, on the other hand, isn’t even from this reality. She drifted to this place while in the Transect, and she pines for the Chloe of her own reality. Plus, there is a mysterious and sad young man that Max keeps seeing, but no one else seems to notice him.

Life is Strange #5 cover by Veronica Fish
Life is Strange #5 cover by Veronica Fish

Life is Strange #5 picks up where the first volume left off, with Max Caulfield in a new reality with a new status quo. Rachel Amber is still alive here, and she is still in a relationship with Chloe Price. Some things are still the same of course; Chloe largely has the same personality. Plus, Max and Chloe still had their split up years before when the former moved to Seattle.
It’s an interesting new direction for the Life is Strange story. We find Max having to get used to a whole new reality with an unknown departure point from her own. Plus, without spoiling too much hopefully, there may be another traveller here too.
The pain that Max feels is interesting and complex too. She still has a Chloe, but it’s one without the shared experiences and memories, and that is still a significant divide for Max and this Chloe.
Life is Strange #5 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Life is Strange #5 art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo with letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Claudia Leonardi’s artwork continues to be a gorgeous fit for the Life is Strange world. She adapts the original character designs while imbuing them and their world with a distinct aesthetic that makes the story feel even more fresh. Andrea Izzo’s color art is beautiful and vibrant as well, and the two together make for a comic with panels you can’t help but get lost within.
Life is Strange #5 is another knockout issue for the videogame adaptation series. The dialogue, story, emotions, and art are each complex and compelling. This continues to be a great series, and this installment gets a recommendation for sure. Check it out.
Life is Strange #5 comes to us from writer Emma Vieceli, artist Claudia Leonardi, color artist Andrea Izzo, letters from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, cover artist Veronica Fish, and variant cover artists Emma Vieceli, Will Offer, and Claudia Leonardi.

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