Rick Veitch’s The One #5 Review: Bizarre, Intriguing, and Unnerving

Rick Veitch's the One #5
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Writer and Artist: Rick Veitch, Color Artist: Kirby Veitch, Cover by: Rick Veitch, Puzz Fundles by: Rick Grimes, Editor: Scott Dunbier, Publisher: Greg Goldstein, Publishing Company: IDW Publishing, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $4.99

The battle between the superhumans is destroying all of Manhattan. Bog and Charlie are seemingly equally matched. During an intermission, Charlie finds Amelia and tells her what he’s learned of their past. Amelia leaves to see if it’s true, leaving Charlie to battle Bog once more. Meanwhile, Egypt is wandering the decimated city in fear, and Doc has another run-in with the One.

Rick Veitch's the One #5 cover by Rick Veitch
Rick Veitch’s the One #5 cover by Rick Veitch

The fifth installment of Rick Veitch’s The One is an odd mixture of further waxing philosophy while two godlike men destroy a city with their mere collisions.

This is something of come to expect from the comic, and the criticisms of the superhero genre seem to be a bit more basic than I initially expected. It boils down to the fact that these beings like Superman would be so incredibly powerful that we could not hope to measure up to them.

That leaves the One and the Other in an odd position, as they seem to be primal forces as opposed to man-made superhumans like Bog and the siblings. They seem to embody abstract ideas like compassion and fear; it’s interesting yet strange.

Interesting yet strange is the best way to describe this comic. The comic has kicked up its crisis to a new level. This issue is a bit slow, but it’s not badly so. Also, taking this as an entire piece of literature with the surreal Puzz Fundles at the end would leave me outright baffled.

Rick Veitch's the One #5 art by Rick and Kirby Veitch
Rick Veitch’s the One #5 art by Rick and Kirby Veitch

The artwork still has effected ugliness to it that seems to be kicked up further to show the anatomically grotesque superhumans Bog and Charlie. The bulging muscles become unnerving as they ripple through every part of their body. It works to make these beings unnerving in their mere existence. Kirby Veitch’s color art hovers in the realm of warm yet unbalanced, which further serves the off-putting nature of the world.

Rick Veitch’s The One #5 continues the comic’s path into this bizarre jamboree of ideas and philosophies while taking a few well-earned swipes at the superhero genre of comics. I can recommend it, because there is little else like it on the market, even now that it’s over 30 years since the comic’s publication. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.