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Plush #5 (of 6)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

Sheriff Brottman and his brood of redneck executioners have infiltrated the mansion of our serial-killing, cannibalistic furries. And with Devin stuck handcuffed in a room full of dead bodies, he only has one option available… embrace his inner “princessa.”

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BW1BJKYP

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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    COMICON

    Much like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the granddaddy of them all Psycho, Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard actually shy away from the usual blood, guts and gore formula of horror in favour of shining a spotlight on the aftermath instead. And they leaving their readership to fill in the gruesome details as they see fit. And so we get close-up shots of the severed heads of Sheriff Brottman’s men as our hapless hero, Devin, is brought to justice by the corrupt cops and surrounded by the corpses of other dead cops. Quite the spectacle. (…) Hillyard’s crisp artwork and Rico Renzi’s tonally appropriate colours work in unison to present the spacious family home for the furries as a dark and dangerous space. Hillyard’s deft depiction of the emotive range presented in this issue cannot be understated. We sympathise with some, while wishing the worse for others. And their emotional responses to the unfolding events help prod the reader into making these connections with characters who, let’s face it, are stone-cold killers.

    An emotional, engaging penultimate issue that draws you in with the hopes of the reader being fully realised by the last page.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Wagner ramps up the tension and intensifies the action in this issue. The story jumps right into the thrills and I love the evolution of Devin as a character. There are some great moments throughout the story and some awesome surprises that make me excited to see what happens next.

    The Art: Hillyard delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. Not only are the visuals filled with great gore and character, but there are some great shots that surprised and thrilled me.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    This oddball adventure walks a path all its own, and every month I can’t help but get whisked away in the delightful insanity. Plush #5 sets the stage for a long awaited confrontation between Devin’s newfound Furry friends and the Sheriff’s deputies who have made his life hell, so while writer Doug Wagner does move the puzzle pieces into place, we don’t quite get that payoff here. That said, the setup for that payoff is thrilling, and you can’t help but root for Devin’s newfound family and his own evolution. Artist Daniel Hillyard, colorist Rico Renzi, letterer Ed Dukeshire, and designer Erika Schnatz deliver stellar work through, and can pivot from brutal to heartfelt on a dime. And that last page? Fantastic, and if this was the prelude, next issue should be bonkers, and in the absolute best way.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    The comic book universe of Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard is a wondrous place for quirky dark comedies featuring serial killers and cannibals like Plastic, Vinyl, and their latest, Plush. Few creators can balance over-the-top violence with humor and heart. It’s amazing. You shouldn’t care for or empathize with people that do horrible things. Still, Wagner and Hillyard find the human being inside of each whose insecurities and wants are as relatable as anyone. So, what’s a little murder between friends? Especially, when some really heinous people get unalived. (…) As usual, Hillyard and colorist Rico Renzi deliver a colorful and bold artistic imagining of this world that even the furry costumes seem to take on a personality of their own. Hillyard’s designs expertly capture an array of emotions from anger to sadness, fear, and determination. Some of the humor comes from merely a look without a word spoken, that’s how adept Hillyard is at conveying so much with the stroke of a pencil.

    Admittedly, ‘Plush’ reads fast leaving the reader hanging at the end of every issue so it goes by fairly quickly. This will make a great paperback to binge-read, taking it all in in one sitting for new readers. ‘Plush’ incredibly succeeds in blending infectious charm, humor, warmth, and empathy with the threat of extreme violence. What more could fans ask for?

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