Rogue Planet #5 Review

Rogue Planet #5 Review
Rogue Planet #5 – Image courtesy of Oni Press

Rogue Planet #5 Review

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About Rogue Planet #5

Rogue Planet #5 is the last issue in a 5 issue mini-series filled with science fiction, terror and horror. It is written by Cullen Bunn, pencilled by Andy MacDonald, coloured by Nick Filardi and lettered by Crank! It is published by Oni Press.

All hope is lost. Stranded on a vicious, murderous, seemingly intelligent planet, the crew of the Cortes must reevaluate what it means to survive. Are they willing to do the unthinkable in order to spare their own lives?

If you are new to this series, you should start with the First Issues of Rogue Planet.

Rogue Planet #5 Review

Rogue Planet #5 Review

If this is your first look at an issue of Rogue Planet then I envy you. Thanks to Cullen Bunn’s innate ability to concoct paralysing fear in his stories and Andy MacDonald’s remarkable talent to bring them to life – we have a modern science fiction/horror spectacle like no other.

Glory, lost and afraid, is stranded alone on the Planet dubbed “Lonely Orphan.” A planet that her spaceship, the Cortes, crash landed on in an earlier issue. Surrounded by rows upon rows of crystalline structures, its clear from the first few pages, that Glory is still stranded on Lonely Orphan. Surrounded by the alien inhabitants who worship this Planet who preys upon and manifests your fears at will.

Discovering fellow crew mate Alex and a local Alien inhabitant, Glory quickly comes to realise that the inhabitants of the planet aren’t just alien lifeforms anymore. In fact, they are dead humans and aliens reanimated by the Fear Planet. Soon it becomes clear that all of these reanimated corpses are linked to the Fear Planet in some fashion.

Without getting too much into spoilers, Glory and Alex break into a crashed starship that houses untold horrors. Horrors that only run skin deep, if you get my meaning. What follows is a shocking ending proving that old axiom the Aliens films embedded in us back in the 80s:
“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

Clocking in at well over 30 pages, Bunn and MacDonald round out an intense world around the fear planet that we’ve come to known as Lonely Orphan. Though not as intense in the earlier issues, there is a menacing feeling of isolation and impending doom forever present in this issue. So menacing, when you get to the end you’ll feel relieved like Glory. Relieved that you made it out alive. But did you really?

On the off chance some of our older readers have seen it, I would highly recommend this series for fans of 1981 film Galaxy of Terror. That B-rated sci-fi/horror fest featuring an infamous ‘Worm rape’ scene (yes, that’s a thing) and Horror greats like Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street) and Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, Devils Rejects). While our younger readers will enjoy a graphically enticing mix of horror, terror and gore.

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Engage with the Creators

Cullen Bunn – Twitter | Website

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Nick Filardi – Twitter

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