The Traveler aka the Wicked Witch from Snow White finally shows up to talk to the warriors she has recruited, giving them a somewhat more detailed explanation than they have had before. Up til now, she and the Courier have maintained the tradition of cryptic guides, but now at least the women know who they are guarding from whom and what the swords are for. Simone makes the choice to tell this segment from the point of view of Jana, the youngest and most out of place member of the group. It is another reminder of just how weird things are. And they only get weirder as the story goes on, which for this series is saying something.
Sergio Davila manages to keep each of the women distinctive even in the crowd. This is quite a feat considering that these women pretty much all have the same figure and many of them go in for the same minimalist style of dressing. The only real mis-step here is Dejah Thoris who is (fortunately) wearing more than she does in her own title, but has apparently been taking fashion lessons from C3P0. Fashion choices aside, however, this is a stand-out book. The Traveler’s arrival is most impressive, and Purgatoria definitely knows how to make an entrance.
Swords of Sorrow #5 is well into the crossover and confirms this as one of the most enjoyable summer crossovers yet.
Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Sergio Davila
Color: Jorge Sutil
Letters: Erica Schultz
Covers: Tula Lotay; Emanuela Luppacchino and Ivan Nunes; Robert Hack