The fifth and final issue of Jason Viola’s Herman the Manatee (though there are a few strips that follow this comic that end the series online)! Like issues 2-4 issue 5 is a mix of one-page gag comics which develop the characters of Herman’s world, and longer-running stories which carry along a loose plot.
In this issue, Knuckles and Lester, Herman’s ne’er-do-well friends get entangled in a seahorse-trafficking operation, which Herman warns will only lead to terrible consequences. For one in Herman’s life he’s right. What will become of Herman & his friends?
As the series has progressed, Jason’s writing has honed itself, and issue five is the strongest of the series. Though full appreciation comes from reading all five issues.
“Viola balances basic gags with shorter, punchier stories that land a lot of hits, mixing goofy gags with existential angst.”
-Rob Clough, High-Low Comics [Full Review]