Hashtag Danger #5

Well, damn, this is it! I thought this series was ongoing, and I was loving each issue better than the previous one. But when I got to the end of this story, there’s an editor’s page announcing that this is the final issue! Good grief, that’s disappointing. This has been one of the most fun new titles on the market.

At least I can say that the series goes out with a bang. A recurring subplot in the 2-4th issues has been the Yeti from the first issues making a long trek towards Danger Island to get its baby back, and in this issue the Yeti finally arrives and attacks the Hashtag Danger HQ. But, of course, there’s a twist to this story that doesn’t turn out like you may expect. And then another subplot raised in a previous issue also comes to a head here, and that involves a team member’s apparent betrayal and a time-jump into the future. It’s all fun to read, as usual, and while it wraps up events pretty tightly so that we’re not left with a cliffhanger or feeling like the story is incomplete, there is still an opening for possible future stories. So, who knows, if enough of you buy these issues, like I did, that may spark an interest in another series sometime down the road?

Tom Peyer has done some of his best writing on this title, and he was ably backed along the way by Chris Giarrusso on art. Even if they don’t return to these characters, I must give them kudos on a job well done!

Also enjoyable has been Paul Constant and Fred Harper’s regular backup feature SNELSON. In this issue’s story, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE INTERNET? Snelson takes up his friend Geoff’s suggestion from issue #3 and starts an internet live-stream where he mindlessly rants alt-right talking points for money. He starts off with enthusiasm, but it very quickly becomes apparent to Snelson he’s catering to a very disturbed audience, and that this isn’t easy for him. But then this story also has a twist ending which is shocking and likely brings the saga of Snelson to a close. Also very well-done.

This series has been a delightful treat, do yourself a favor and check it out! Chacebook rating: FIVE STARS


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