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by Doug Warren on October 18, 2017

Written by Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner
Art by Nil Vendrell
Colors by Mike Spicer
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Published by Image Comics
It’s a sad day in the comic book world. I heard all the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights when Frank Sinatra died. I am trying to think of a suitable comic book equivalent for Shirtless Bear-Fighter coming to an end. Maybe a 21-gun salute at Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Smokey Bear wore a black armband today. I know I am in mourning. I guess I finally know what all those teenage girls felt like when Zayn left One Direction. No. This worse. There will be plenty more generic boy bands for them to fall in love with. But for me? When is there ever going to be another bear based comic book?

I need a minute.

Ok, I’m back.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter #5 brings us to a conclusion with the epic battle that’s building since the first issue.  What makes this comic better than other finales is its unpredictability. You never know exactly what is going to happen, especially with the oddities and irreverent humor held over from previous issues. And don’t worry. The puns are still there as well. And, as is now normal for the series, it isn’t just fighting and toilet jokes. There are some legit tender moments. But, to keep you from getting too sappy, they are immediately followed by a lashing of ridiculousness. I will never be the guy to give spoilers, or even plot points in a review, but I will say, it’s not all happy. There are sad moments. It’s bittersweet at best, and all of the readers will absolutely love it.

The artwork is impeccable. Vendrell and Spicer’s talents are really showcased in the action sequences.

I hope this isn’t the last we see of old Shirtless. This is such a great franchise, I just can’t see this being the end of it.

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