The first issue was a pleasant surprise to me, so now I’m back for issue #2. Does it hold up? Read on and find out!
This issue picks up in the aftermath of issue #1’s explosive cliffhanger. Michelle’s husband Adam was murdered in front of her by a supervillain, and her son Ian has been kidnapped. She talks to the cops as firefighters put out the blaze of her home, but she doesn’t let on who she is. Instead, she tries to seek help from her fellow superheroes, a team called The Praetorians, but she doesn’t like their response and instead charges to the HQ of the villain responsible, but while she does get her son back she barely makes it out alive herself. She then has to make a tough and possibly fatal decision about how to get justice…or is it revenge?
I guess this is kind of a vague review, but I can’t say much more without spoiling it, and if you’re reading this I really suggest that you get these issues yourself, if you haven’t ready. Writer Marc Guggenheim is crafting a story that feels like an action/suspense film, something like the Liam Neesom Taken series, but with superheroes. A man named Skelton is the main villain here, he’s initially like a cross between Lex Luthor and The Kingpin, residing in a skyscraper, seemingly above the law, but when Michelle confronts him in his office we see that there’s more to him than meets the eye, and he shows a level of sadism that’s just chilling. I also like the inclusion of the other superheroes, it’s all done seamlessly, as I noted in my first review that it feels like we’re reading a story from a long-running established superhero universe. And with Justin Greenwood providing the art (a little “cartoony” for such a serious story, but it works), I’m definitely hooked and can’t wait to see where this story goes.
Chacebook rating: FIVE STARS
Categories: IMAGE COMICS
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