Here's the good news: Jimmie Robinson's "Five Weapons" #5 provides a satisfying conclusion to this mini-series with an imposter trying to survive in a high school meant for young assassins. Even better, it returns in January as it gets upgraded to an ongoing series.
Robinson tackles the situation he used as a cliffhanger, and quickly moves the book towards a conclusion of all the dangling plot lines -- and it works. After the middle issues of the opening storyline of "Five Weapons" introduced readers to even more hidden identities and mysteries, Robinson shows how he's lined up all of the pieces of information to date and brings them together for a satisfying wrap-up.
Don't get me wrong, there's a certain level of finality in "Five Weapons" #5, with all five of the different clubs finally cooperating with one another even as Vera finally makes her move. It's an old-school conclusion with Enrique (still posing as Tyler Shainline) having brought them all together inadvertently throughout the previous installments. It will certainly be interesting to see what elements of the conclusion (if any) have to get undone in order to have "Five Weapons" #6 happen next year. For now, I appreciate that Robinson's done a good job of making sure "Five Weapons" #5 could serve as a series wrap-up. It's the sort of storytelling not seen very often; the temptation to leave lots and lots of ideas dangling in a mini-series seems to happen more and more as of late, and while the irony of the book going to an ongoing series isn't lost on me, it's still well-crafted. All the characters get their moment in the spotlight, and I felt like if I was to stop here I'd have been pleased.
Robinson's art is nice as always; clean character designs, some strange-looking (Joon) and some classic (Enrique), but all have their own look that keeps them distinct from one another. Robinson manages to tell the entire story using only horizontal panels stacked on top of one another; it's a format that could have proved to be limiting, but Robinson makes it work even with tight zoom-ins alongside large vistas. When Vera attacks the school, I like how he uses that close focus to show her attacks rather than lots of large, expansive images. It lets us concentrate more on what she's doing and avoids the more obvious, less interesting way to show us.
"Five Weapons" #5 concludes a fun first storyline, and if you haven't read it yet, I'd definitely recommend scooping up all five issues when you get a chance. It's a smart series, one where the strength isn't so much in the concept but rather the execution. I'm glad that Robinson's coming back for more in a few months. I'll definitely be back, too.