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The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #5

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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.

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  • 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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About the Author: James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV (born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life

James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.


After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed “Night of the Owls” comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth’s father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues. Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.

In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid‘s digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic. Tynion followed up the series with an additional digital horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.

In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, into the New 52 DC continuity. He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level. The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at issue #36. He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again.

In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics. Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises. The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics’ sixth best selling title for the entire year. He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.

At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC’s Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads alongside an initial team of Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.

Tynion has worked on a number of additional titles for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Thrillbent. Tynion became the new writer for Batman as of (vol. 3) #86.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Tynion would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

Personal life

James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]