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Meridian #5
September 26th, 2013 by Rusty

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Meridian #5 cover

Meridian #5

Date: November 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus house ads, “Delineations” letters page, “Milestones” and fan art
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Paul Mounts and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie goes to the surface!

Are You Afraid of Falling?

I’ve heard that we humans are only born with 2 instinctual fears – fear of loud noises and fear of falling – and that the rest of our fears are leaned during life. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it sounds reasonable. Anyway, when I see depictions of people who are falling calmly I always smirk and question the reality of the situation. Usually that occurs in movies, but there is a scene in this issue where that very thing happens. Let me ask you: would you be calm if you were falling to your death? I know I sure wouldn’t be!


Meridian #4 came to a close as Sephie fell out of her floating boat and plummeted towards the ground. This issue begins with her being (unrealistically) not afraid as she rushes towards the surface. However, instead of slamming into the ground in a spectacularly violent fashion, something happens right before she hits the ground. Meanwhile, Ilahn’s captains are afraid to tell him that Sephie wasn’t captured, but instead was thrown overboard because of their stupid mistakes! Back on Meridian, Jad, his father, and a group of loyalists take out sailing ships as they prepare to leave for a little while. Some of them are traveling to find Sephie, and some are just chomping at the bit to get away from the invading Cadadorians. Finally, we are given a glimpse of Sephie as she has miraculously landed on the barren surface, and started an unusual growth of vegetation. Hmm… what could all this mean?

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – I’m giving this otherwise ordinary story 4 stars because the part about Sephie falling to the surface only to find it barren was quite intriguing – bumping it up from an average rating.
  • Art: 5 stars – Great art – still love it!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – I am ranking this one higher than last issue because of the new developments we saw here: Sephie falling to the surface and the loyalists flying away from Meridian. It will be fun to see how these progress.

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