Review: What Lies Beneath The Pinnacle Revealed In ‘Last God #5’
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
30 years ago in the Age of Olvargolad, Skol led Cyanthe, Tyr and Veikko to the catacombs beneath the Pinnacle of Guild Eldritch. There, they learn where the Plague of Flowers came from and they discover the origins of Cain Anuun and the gods that made it. In the present, Veikko, Cyanthe, and Skol plot their return to the Black Stairs and how they will kill Mol Uhltep for good. Meanwhile, Shyf, the profane creation of Skol, leads Valko and Eyvindr to the Aelva she claims are now in the catacombs beneath the Pinnacle.
The Last God #5 explores the dark depths beneath the Pinnacle and Guild Eldritch, the human faction most responsible for the demise of Aelva civilization. Skol has once offered Cyanthe and Veikko sanctuary from the Plague of Flowers and she now does so again.
Both times, dark secrets were revealed in the catacombs beneath the Pinnacle. However, each time, these secrets illuminate what is really going on around the harrowed travelers.
The Last God #5 continues to deepen the world of Cain Anuun, giving it a deep and fascinating supernatural history while still making sure to develop and evolve the character relationships. The heroes of old continue to prove more flawed and false than we originally knew and their descendants continue to prove the only true hope Cain Anuun has.
We even learn more about Mol Uhltep’s intentions in this issue, and I do find myself being thoroughly fascinated by that titular Last God.
Riccardo Federici is an incredible artistic talent unlike anyone else currently working in the comic book industry. His style is deep, detailed, and thoroughly enveloping. His work has brought The Last God to life in a manner only he could accomplish and it leaves me struck dumb with every issue. All that is to say that The Last God #5 looks really damn good. Color artists Mat Lopes, Arif Prianto, and Sunny Gho provide some incredible work to contribute to that high visual fidelity.
The Last God #5 is another gripping installment for this fantasy horror series, bringing the heroes of both time periods face-to-face with the grotesqueness that helped shape the world as they know it. Needless to say, this comic gets a recommendation. Give it a read.
The Last God #5 comes to us from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Riccardo Federici, color artists Mat Lopes, Arif Prianto, and Sunny Gho, letterer Tom Napolitano, cartographer Jared Blando, back matter design Steve Wands, and cover artist Kai Carpenter.
Final Score: 9/10