Exclusive Preview: 5 WORLDS: THE EMERALD GATE VOL. 5

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The fifth and final volume of the critically acclaimed YA graphic novel series 5 Worlds: The Emerald Gate is almost here! The wondrous and creative science-fantasy series comes to a close on January 18th, and we at MFR have the exclusive preview!

Written by Mark and Alexis Seigel, with art from Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller, 5 Worlds is the perfect series for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power, and Steven Universe.

In the epic conclusion to the 5 Worlds series, the final battle looms as Oona, Jax, and An Tzu travel to the treacherous world of Grimbo (E)! There, Oona must light the last beacon to save the 5 Worlds, but first she has to find it! When Jax saves an old friend, Oona is given a clue to the green beacon’s location.

Unfortunately, the journey to lighting it on this strange, watery planet is the most dangerous yet. Meanwhile, Stan Moon has one more trick up his sleeve as his frightening powers and mysterious connection to An Tzu continue to grow. How can Oona ever hope to beat him? Can she count on her friends or will a terrible betrayal mean the 5 Worlds will be lost to evil forever?

From Mark Seigel Himself:

In our fifth and final volume of 5 WORLDS, Oona, Jax and An Tzu reach the green world called GRIMBO (E). We’ve been hearing about this world all along, including a legendary restaurant called Mintz.
Unlike the other four worlds, GRIMBO has resisted colonization and exploitation—resistance not just from its people, but from its very ecosystem: an ocean blanketed in a lethal, predatory moss!
Small pockets of settlers get by on the rocky islands that dot Grimbo, and a native plant people called the BEANU are the only ones who seem to travel everywhere else with ease. For the setting of Oona’s climactic confrontation with Stan Moon, Alexis and I envisioned a living world with a seemingly hostile exterior and many deep secrets. Boya, Xanthe, and Matt developed amazing visions of many ecologies above and below water… For the BEANU characters, they went through quite a lot of exploration before locking into these peas-in-a-pod beings—and the astonishing Willow King. There are other beings and some mind-blowing visionary dreamscapes we visit in the series finale—can’t get into that without major spoilers—in which I feel our artists broke new ground for comics. You’ll need to see for yourself!
Be sure to grab 5 Worlds: The Emerald Gate Vol. 5 when it’s released by Random House Children’s Books on 11/18!
Justin Munday
Reader and hoarder of comics. Quietly sipping coffee, reading, and watching sci-fi in Knoxville, TN.

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