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Static: Shadows of Dakota #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

After several difficult personal losses, Virgil tries to pick up the pieces of his life. Dakota needs him to be a beacon of hope, but can he overcome the darkness inside himself? If Virgil wants to stop the killings of Bang Babies in his neighborhood, he might have to embrace that inner darkness and team up with Ebon. Then again, a nerd like Virgil knows all too well that going to the dark side is hard to come back from!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Raw emotions flow freely in a very character-focused and powerful issue of ‘Static: Shadows Of Dakota,’ pushing the hero and his new villain closer to the edge. Everything about this series showcases superhero comics at their best, giving us fleshed-out deep characters and a world that reflects our own and has something to say about it. Flashy big action is secondary to the work done on the characters themselves, which is the way it should be.

  • 91

    Comic Watch

    Shadows of Dakota #5 is a phenomenal and somber read that continues the emotional highs of this series and moves each of its characters towards an epic conclusion that will undoubtedly shake the foundations of Earth-M for future stories. With an excellent storytelling team in Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey, this book continues to be one of the best series that DC is currently publishing!

  • 90

    Virgil deals with the loss of an innocent friend, while Ebon continues his violent quest for answers in search of his missing brother. This issue was fantastic in how it tackled survivor’s guilt and trying to grapple with unexpected loss without losing the plot of the full series. In the first Static miniseries, an issue like this would have drug on too long, but here, the conversations are poignant and contrasted with Ebon’s violence in a way that makes the whole issue come together. A very solid issue and one that sets up a big finale next issue.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The story is taking some dark directions and I am thoroughly enjoying the contrasting narratives of both Virgil and Ebon. Their conflict is unique and I like that recent events are seeming to push Virgil in the same dark direction Ebon has embraced. The story has some great action in it as well and the end of the issue teases an interesting confrontation to come.

    The Art: Draper-Ivey delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visual contrast between Virgil’s emotional story and Ebon’s action packed revenge story are beautifully done.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The penultimate issue of this Milestone series is also the darkest, as Virgil Hawkins reels from the murder of his young friend Quincy—one of the many victims of the Bang Baby-hunters patrolling the city. The creative ream wisely lets this loss breathe, including some great scenes of Static talking with his nurse mother about the people they can’t save, and paying a visit to Quincy’s grieving parents. But in the background, another race against time is taking place—as Ebon hunts down the mastermind behind the kidnappings in search of his brother, rips through the mercenaries, and extorts the information out of the ringleader. However, he can’t get in by himself—and he needs Static’s help to rescue his brother from a horrible fate. This has been a fascinating look at a main villain slowly turning into more of an antihero, and the idea of the two of them ending as not enemies but as unlikely rivals is intriguing.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Static is drawn ever closer to making decisions that he doesn’t want to make in an issue that feels a bit like it’s stuck in its own gravity. There is little question that the momentum of the plot is going to pick up as the series progresses, but it’s going to have a hell of a time doing so with its hero being as tortured as he is right now. As heavy as it is, there’s a very profound charisma tied up in the whole story. It’s very appealing in its own way.

  • 74

    The Comic Book Spot

    The creative team of Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey are the perfect duo to not only modernize the Milestone legend and the world around him. They also do a wonderful job of keeping his legacy intact.

  • 40

    Lyles Movie Files

    The series has had some nice twists and unexpected developments but now it’s being actively held back by below average artwork.

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