Review: Aquila #2

If you read the last issue you'll be as confused as I was by the first panel. Aquila has been taken down by 'The Spartan', who stands over him, while he is bound by chains in a prison cell. Wait, what? Isn't he unable to be bound by the gifts of the devourer? Turns out he is allowing himself to be bound because he knows that 'The Spartan' is stronger than him. This allows the two to have a conversation that shows us more about their history. Aquila-#2-1What we learn is that Aquila isn't the only one to be infused with powers. Not only that but 'The Spartan' has found a way to be free of the Devourer and still retain the gifts. This gives us a whole bunch of new characters to look forward to. Aquila is also given a mission, which is good because up to now he's just been wandering around murdering people.

If you enjoyed the bloodshed, carnage and general murderisation last issue, you won't be disappointed by this one. There is a lot of action in this book and a lot of killing because of that action. It is well drawn and choreographed so it is easy to follow. I didn't love the gritty art style in the first issue, but after re-reading it and reading issue two, I can say it has grown on me.

One of the tough things in comics is giving the reader enough information to guess where the story is going, or at least agree with where it goes, while also doing things that surprise. In this vein Aquila is a hard character to place, some pages he's awesome and you think 'yeah I like this guy'. Other pages he's a complete bastard and you wonder why you're reading about him. His motives have been fairly unclear, but now he has a mission and purpose hopefully he will seem more realized.

Score: 4/5

Aquila #2 Writer: Gordon Rennie Artist: Leigh Gallagher Colorist: Dylan Teague and Gary Caldwell Publisher: 2000 AD Price: $3.99 Release Date: 5/20/15 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital