Originally set to consist of four issues, Penny Dreadful: The Awakening has received a brand new story arc with a few more issues incoming. With stakes growing higher, and more coming to light, Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #2.5 builds towards what will surely be one hell of a climax.
While this issue focuses on Ethan and Lily escaping the clutches of Belial and showing the power Lucifer can throw around, it also spends the last third setting up some big pieces yet to come. We get more of an insight into the organization Lily works for and just what she is capable of, which was necessary for us to continue to care about her character. NO ONE cares about your love interests Ethan! Get to the gory parts!
Anyway, Lily and the Watchers seem like a Victorian group of amazons, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wonder Woman makes an appearance.
While this issue was good, the latter half wasn’t anything we haven’t read about before. Hero loses comrades, meets new ally, ally shows him that they’re part of an organization that’s been fighting evil since the dawn of time. Rinse, wash, and repeat. That being said, it doesn’t take away from the overall immersion of this fifth issue. If anything, this part of story is expected. How else can Ethan save the world than with the help of a secret organization that’s been preparing for this for ages?
The cliffhanger they leave you with at the end though makes you really wish the next issue was out. I won’t spoil anything, but there is a clash of titan’s-like event that they’re leading up to, and it should be a good one!
Penny Dreadful #6 releases this October.