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The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

Christopher, Dracula Boy, and Viv take refuge in a bizarre church and explore the subterranean boulevards of New Briar City, where the mysterious giant reveals secrets of monsterkind.

From New York Times and multi-Eisner award-winning best-selling author James Tynion IV and Tate Brombal.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
40 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    James Tynion IV and Tate Brombal write their butts off in this issue, and Isaac Goodhart keeps up the pace with their art. Miquel Muerto‘s colors and Aditya Bidikar‘s letters are stellar really anchoring this whole book together and giving it the vibe of something familiar to me, like The Invisibles, but something wholly new and fresh.

    Until next time, If you have not been reading this series now is a perfect time to go download and grab the first handful of issues and get caught up. This book is for all the weird little kids who grew up and did not lose their shine, and also for those that found it again somewhere along the way.

  • 70

    Christopher Chaos and his friends finally receive some context for who they are as monsters and what came before them. An extended expository monologue from Adam Frankenstein is paired with a tour of the series’ most compelling new setting that neatly balances the dumping of long overdue information. It certainly helps that the issue opens with an exciting action sequence that, while vague in its causes and effects, offers plenty of thrilling effects on the page. The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #5 seems to embrace what the series has avoided acknowledging until this moment as it assembles its four teenagers like a horror-themed superhero team facing a supervillain and their many minions. While very familiar, it’s a staging that functions and serves the available artwork and ideas better than the (lack of) structure in earlier installments. Even if the cliffhanger reads as being forced, it establishes the greatest expectations of any last page in the series to date and that’s a notable improvement.

  • 60

    The Fandom Post

    I still feel like I’m not sure what kind of book this series wants to be. It leaned a bit more into some of the usual quirky not-real-superhero stuff at first but now it’s all World of Monsters stuff. Which append more when Helwing first showed up anyway but going with Adam Frankenstein just goes all in as he explains about how all the stories are just elaborate lies to hide their truth. It’s a familiar refrain and we get a lot of exposition and interesting material here but it comes at the cost of forward momentum. There’s a lot of relaxed material throughout this – even a little soccer – and obliviousness from Viv that’s about to get them all killed as well. It’s interesting but I’m not sure what kind of book it’s trying to be and how well it’s executing this style.

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