A Writer's Commentary: Frank Barbiere talks Precinct #5, on sale now from Dynamite, as the miniseries wraps. Cover is by Sergio Davila, with interiors by Crizam Zamora.
Crizam and Dinei did an excellent job with this page. It's a big, fun opening and really sets the stakes for the series finale.
PAGES TWO – FIVE
I really enjoyed working in Mort's personal history and outlook on life to show why he acts the way he does. I also love the way Crizam drew Mort channeling the energy back into Jo, and the way they seem to be hugging/showing the compassion.
The reveal of the Archduke is wonderfully rendered here. Crizam really gave him an intimidating, great design—working him in with the design of the suit really visually ties the plot of the book together.
PAGES EIGHT – NINE
Really happy with the fight scenes in this issue. I gave Crizam some room to really have some fun, and he delivered some awesome action.
It was fun to sell the literal interpretation that Mort will "rest when he's dead." A powerful sequence rendered expertly by the art team.
I'm a fan of splash pages and really putting some power behind them, and here we have no exception. It's a great turn in the fight scene and it's a lot of fun to see Mort taking control of the battle, as well as the minotaur machine that's been an "unknown" throughout our series.
PAGES FIFTEEN AND SIXTEEN
I'm really pleased that we found an organic way to wok in the theme of alchemy vs. steam, and that it's part of Jo's elegant solution to the problem of the attacking machines.
PAGES TWENTY AND TWENTY-ONE
It's a lot of fun to end big, genre stories like this with an awards ceremony, and it's an obvious homage to STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Through writing this book I really got a handle on Mort's voice, and it's fun to have him narrate the epilogue.
I am a huge fan of bookending my arcs/series, and I really enjoy how we're able to modify Mort's intro narration with what he's learned through our series. Thanks for reading, everyone!
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