Indie Comics Review: Basilisk #5

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: Boom Studios

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Jonas Scharf

Colors: Alex Guimaraes

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“The Chimera cannot hear your apologies!” Barrett
Basilisk #5: “The Voice”
After the shocking conclusion of the last issue, the remaining members of Chimera are still reeling from their loss, but a prophecy promises them a future full of sacrifice and blood.
 Meanwhile, Regan and Hannah have survived, but the enemy finds them yet again as a hauntingly familiar voice drifts into their ears, spelling disaster…
New York Times bestselling horror writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and artist Jonas Scharf (Avengers Of The Wasteland) reunite to unleash a supernatural horror series for fans of Killadelphia and Stillwater rooted in the way we process the world – our senses.


It’s been a couple of months since the last issue, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really liked this. Another relatively quick read and a bit of a regrouping issue after the dramatic events of the last one, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I feel like it allowed me to get a bit more attached to these characters, I love the concept of them and the way the story is going.

The main interior art could be a bit better, could be a bit more refined and crisp, especially compared to the gorgeous watercolors that open every issue, but overall this was another good issue. Intrigued to see where it’s going to go.

Positives 2.0

Bunn has a movie on his hands. Of the five Chimera, Jimmy-Boy scares me the most.  He reminds me of the character portrayed in Cape Fear by Robert Deniro. He is that unsettling personality who knows no boundaries. 

However, there is a pecking order among the Chimera. It is subtle, but you can tell there is a quiet respect for each others’ powers. This comic creates an “on the edge of your seat” type of read. I love reading it late at night as it really is like watching a horror movie that will surprise you. A lot is inferred in the theater of the mind, but that is okay! 

Bunn is minimalist at times with his words, but Jonas Scharf bats cleanup with storytelling through his art!  This team is unstoppable!


Nah…you as a reader have the great opportunity to still get issues 1-3 and now 4.  This comic is reaching a fever pitch for conflict.  Round one goes to Regan and Hannah…however, we still don’t know Regan’s intent…especially now that her closest ally is possibly dead.


This comic has the right amount of horror, dread, and Tarantino-type storytelling (that’s a compliment) that can easily be translated to the big screen as a movie.  These kindred of the senses are scary.  I am not sure how this vengeance tale is going to play out, but it definitely makes me more appreciative of all my senses. This all-out war in this issue had some casualties. The “worshippers” fell into Hannah’s meat grinder first and it’s an odd tale of vengeance about a wife/mother who has prepared for a battle against self-proclaimed gods. This battle may have had casualties, but it appears that the survivors of the Chimera are going to teach the world a lesson.   Read this comic on the edge of your seat as it is written for you to do so!  


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