After an explosive fourth issue, I was anxious to see what would happen in the fifth issue of Penny Dora and the Wishing Box. From Image Comics, written by Michael Stock, with art by Sina Grace, the book has made sure we’ve been experiencing quite the uproar with Penny and her friend Emily. Ever since Emily took control, the comic has evolved into something way more powerful than I would have expected. Dragons, castles, evil stepsisters, you name it. Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #5 brings us into the mess of it all. Things have peaked for Princess Emily, and Penny has to figure out how to fix it all.
[*Mild Spoilers for Issue #5 below!]
I have to just thank Michael Stock for allowing Iggy to be okay. I love that flying cat. Now that I got that out of my system, I can tell you that this issue’s script has a ton of layers. We not only get to experience some great action, but we also get answers to some looming questions. I will say, it was quite terrifying to see Emily’s reaction when the box goes missing. I applaud Sina Grace for his fantastic style, and ability to put so much emotion into the illustrations.
You might be wondering if this issue is the end for Penny Dora and the Wishing Box, and truthfully I was wondering the same thing knowing this was a 5 of 5 type of deal. However, if you take a look at the “Penny Post,” at the end, Stock informs readers that the continuation of the book relies heavily on readers picking up the trade paperback. It’s set to release in a few weeks and will collect the first five issues.
So now I will proceed to get up on my soap box and tell you why you need to pick up this trade. I’m going to work the kid-friendly angle here. This is such a fun story, and within the words are tons of really great lessons. This is the perfect comic to hand your child because it will not only amuse them and bring a smile to their face, but it will also teach them about the ups and downs of friendship, and how you have to be careful what you wish for. With that said, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the comic continues.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.