Now this is an ending! At the end of the last issue a deal was struck between Erebus and Fame for the amplifier in Garland’s chest, but Garland has a counter offer. He'll press the button for Erebus right away so that he'll get the "high" he receives from him pressing it. Erebus doesn't bit on the offer, but he does like the idea of a competition between the two fame junkies. Erebus turns the competition over to Fame and he has the two put on a show against each other. A single song to show case their talent, but the judge of the competition is the real surprise. If you've been following the series then rest assured this book does not disappoint! The ending to the first series was very intense and set the bar pretty high, but Charles Soule manages to raise it even higher with the twists this issue. The stage (no pun intended) is set for a third series and I can't wait to see what happens. What I truly enjoy about this series is that it continues to develop and move and doesn't rest on its laurels. Number play was a huge part in the first series, but with Second Set it's been all about fame and if I had to guess I would say the third will be about music creation and the art-form more than anything else.
There’s not much new that I can say about this issue in way of the writing from Charles Soule (Strongman) or the art from Renzo Podesta. Everything continues to be just as good as the issue before and really the entire series has been consistent and spectacular. Upon finishing this book I was left with goose bumps it was that good. Now I’m stuck waiting for the third series which better happen or I’ll be crushed. If you missed this series then really you need to find it and check it out as it is one of the best Shadowline books out there. I wish there was more I could say about it without spoiling everything that makes it special so just check it out already.
Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Renzo Podesta Publisher: Image and Shadowline Comics