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Midnight Mass: Here There Be Monsters #5

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Reprobus"

Writer: John Rozum
Artists: Paul Lee, Sherilyn Van Valkenbergh(c)
Publisher: DC

When last we left Julia and Adam Kadmon they were about to enter the woods controlled by Magellan and his men. John Rozum counts on the readers of Midnight Mass. to remember this cliffhanger, and this shows his reliance on the intelligence of the reader.

Rozum opens the book cleverly with an unseen spell that makes sense, and while there's more spellcasting to come, the most noticeable aspect of the book is how he winningly portrays the female cast. Indeed, Adam is almost overlooked in this issue.

Rozum shows Julia Kadmon to be a willing learner. Originally, she kept her mind closed against the thought of learning magic. In this issue, she shows one monster painfully what she has learned, and I like how the reversal of roles still applies. While men are considered more violent and apt to use their fists before their brain, Julia uses her brain to empower her fist.

Eugenia Kadmon is another cast member that gets a broadening. Rozum economically deepens her personality through Magellan's fear and inner thoughts--explored through the narration. The dialogue he words for her draws steel, and the reader is left with a distinctive feeling for this very powerful woman.

Unfortunately, with these multidimensional women in the cast, Jenny who was shown to be extremely competent in the previous mini-series becomes for this issue the Zeppo. This is not to say that she's portrayed as stupid. Jenny can still kick Power Girl's ass in chess or even checkers, but she appears very scatter-brained.

Paul Lee has already proven himself adept in the field of horror illustration through his stint on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this issue of Midnight Mass Lee gets the opportunity to stretch his muscles for physical comedy and what really almost looks like traditional super-heroic action.

John Rozum's Midnight Mass. continues to surprise, amuse and entice the reader with the adventures of Adam and Julia Kadmon. This mini-series adds more to the Kadmon line as it weaves a fascinating plot.



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