Series: Proxima Centauri
Writer/Artist: Farel Dalrymple
Published: October 17, 2018
Publisher’s Summary:“PROXIMA CENTAURI, Part Five Conditions in the spectral zone are getting unbearable. Shakey, Parasol, Almendra, Gris Gato, and the Proxinauts join forces with many others to fight some malignant deities.”
Proxima Centauri #5 offers readers yet another experience in the life of young Sherwood. This time we see Sherwood battle both bullies and deities, while his friends appear to isolate him. But more is going on than Sherwood tells us, and pieces of Sherwood’s past are slowly fitting into place.
Thus far, the series has presented readers with a psychedelic journey into the mind of Sherwood. However, now, we see a much more complex story, as Proxima Centauri #5 delves into the isolation and trauma that Sherwood has experienced. Farel Dalrymple spirals deeper into the mind of Sherwood, creating more complex images in this issue than previous ones. The scenes with the Proxinauts hint towards a conclusion to Orsin’s death; however, Dalrymple holds back the full details. Bullying continues to be a theme within the series, as Dalrymple explores the psychological side effects the treatment has on Sherwood.
Dalrymple’s more concrete world this issue perhaps means Sherwood is himself finding more grounding in his own psyche. Of course, the opposite may be true, and the closer we get to the truth about Orsin’s death, the closer Sherwood comes to a complete break. Only time will give us that answer. For now, we should enjoy Dalrymple’s artwork as he crafts the strange and bewildering world of Proxima Centauri.
The Bottom Line:
Proxima Centauri #5 continues to dazzle the mind and tickle the senses. Farel Dalrymple moves readers closer to a conclusion this issue, keeping with the issues steady narrative pace. I’m still uncertain how Sherwood’s story will end, but I’m looking forward to finding out.