Each issue of Goners has been a whirlwind of adventure and terror barely slowing down so readers can catch their breath. Issue 5 isn't very different except for some climatic turns and revelations that will alter the future of the Latimers for the rest of the series. It's a monumental story shift that's less of an arc and more like the steady trajectory of a rocket. Needless to say, it's a blast.
The showdown is set at the Bellweather Sanatorium where Zoe and Josiah are in the clutches of the succubus Seph while Francis, Lyle, Ezra, Gail, and Hank prepare to stage a rescue if they can stay alive long enough to enter the place. It's a fast-paced, white-knuckle, tension-filled issue with an ending you won't see coming.
The only interludes come from flashbacks that temper the action a bit to add some background and depth to the what's happening in the present. I imagine Jacob Semahn feverishly working on the script going back and forth from the Latimer kids to the succubus, Francis and company to the Roanoke scenes, it is quite a feat that it all comes together at the end. Granted, a lot happens, it’s a dense issue and you’re probably best served going back like I did and relive the various scenes again to capture every nuance and detail of the story.
In the end, Goners #5 is a tour-de-force from a passionate creative team. It’s all been building up to this point.