The last few panels in Issue #5 of ‘A Thing Called Truth’ by Iolanda Zanfardino & Elisa Romboli are filled with such dramatic Bollywood/Hollywoodesque moments, romance fans are going to be completely satiated! Especially after all the fun movie scenes the protagonists recreate in the previous issues around world famous spots.
Quick Recap – Doctor Madgalene Traumer is on a crazy road-trip with the free-spirited Dorian, and while the two are poles apart, they begin to warm up to each other on their European adventure.
Issue #5 is all about emotions, first there’s exhilaration, mischief, joy, but soon we see some tension between the Doc and Dorian. So then there’s angst, tears, denial… a heated face-off and then well… you’ll have to read the comic for yourself.
What hits you first about this issue are the bright contrasting outfits the protagonists are wearing while running through the famous Louvre. Traumer is in a beautiful blue dress, while Dorian seems straight out of Oscar Wilde story in a dashing purple suit (can’t help think of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ now, Zanfardino’s Dorian would make a sprightly Dorian).
Elisa Romboli’s artwork is lively as usual, she cleverly rotates the color schemes of the panels depending on the mood of the moment. For example, you see a dominant dark green/blue/black shades on the pages where the characters are enveloped in negative emotions. And the last panels are fantastic, you’d feel like making a wallpaper out of them. You may have seen it in many a romantic film already, but there’s always a sort of second-hand elation to be felt when love is in the air.
Issue #5 is completely set in the present, with razor sharp focus on Doc & Dorian’s blooming relationship. Readers who were looking forward to something concrete between the two are going to be happy. However, it remains to be seen how the creators plan to tie up the wild road-trip with Doctor Traumer’s career and her path-breaking discovery. I was really hoping to see a sub-plot about what’s happening back at her work-place, from where she was fired. No luck there. But a beautiful drawn climax in this comic is bound to leave the reader with a smile.
It’s a 4/5 from me.