Review: “Royal City” #1-5 By Jeff Lemire

“The older I get, the less I feel that there is any place for me here.”
–Peter Pike, “Royal City”

Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man) is probably one of the most underrated and prolific creators in comics, simultaneously able to consistently put out work from the big publishers and keep the integrity of his work intact in the process.

Royal City, an ongoing series from Image Comics, is one of Lemire’s most recent projects. It’s a timely story of the Pikes—torn apart by tragedy, living within a factory town that has seen better days. The one “constant” in their lives is Tommy—a mysterious member of the family who truly means something different to each person.

Spoilers ahead.

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