REVIEW: ‘Goddess Mode,’ Issue #5

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Goddess Mode #5

Goddess Mode Issue #5 is published by DC Vertigo, written by Zoë Quinn, with art from Robbi Rodriguez, colors by Rico Renzi, and letters from Simon Bowland. Last issue, the truth of the Tall Poppies power was revealed and Casandra pulls an Oracle from Azoth into the analog and realizes the limits of her powers when she fails to save her.

This issue picks up immediately after the last, with Cassandra in her room, the skull on the ground, her confidence and faith shaken. Not only is this breaking of belief in herself written poignantly, but the visuals associated with it make you feel the moment. She is hunched over, scared, and you can feel her shaking in the page.

While Cassandra is coming to terms with her limitations and calling herself “garbage,” a low moment many of us who have failed have felt, the Tall Poppies are dealing with their own issues. The group of Oracles that we have been with this entire journey, who have believed that they are superheroes, extraordinary women, are just those who possess powers that pose no threat, are not needed, the system sees them as useless.

As the women enter back to the Analog the revelation of the truth isn’t the only thing they are dealing with, but the end of the world. While Tatyanna and Farrah retreat to their own lives, Mary is scared, trying to piece together a way to save the world and the women.

The highlight of Goddess Mode #5 is in Antimony. The Daemon/human hybrid is given depth beyond her power and beyond her fights with the Oracles in the form of a story about a princess and a peasant who loved her. Azoth’s origin is one of love, perverted by greed. Quinn’s writing is beautiful in those panels. It is a simple story, but one that humanizes those involved and sets the stage for revealing the true villain: Hermeticorp.

Cassandra’s path to accepting her powers and realizing that she is more than the garbage sees herself as and instead she is the Oracle is important and beautiful. Her arc is still developing, but at this point, Quinn has masterfully shown her development and agency even when she doesn’t see the power in herself.

As always, Rodriguez’s art is perfection. One of the most beautiful elements of this issue, outside of the morphing of Antimony into a Daemon is the use of pixelization around the eyes of some in the Analog. In addition, the fight scenes are dynamic and the color saturation from Renzi creates a unique cyberpunk universe that is unlike others out there.

Overall, Goddess Mode #5 continues to be a series that has resonated with me in every issue, as the arc is nearing completion, I can’t wait for issue number six. If you haven’t jumped on the ride to Azoth with Goddess Mode yet, you should now.

Goddess Mode #5 is available wherever comics are sold.

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TL;DR

Overall, Goddess Mode #5 continues to be a series that has resonated with me in every issue, as the arc is nearing completion, I can’t wait for issue number six. If you haven’t jumped on the ride to Azoth with Goddess Mode yet, you should now.