Before I get into this let me just make one thing very clear, and please take this to heart, I’m pretty sure that I’m right about it. Four part series are hard. Especially that second issue. I’m a big fan of three-part series, honestly. I really like a beginning, a middle, and an end. Simple. I think once you start having a sort of two-part middle, that’s when unnecessary content is created. Or people get confused. That was rough, I don’t believe that anything that these guys write is unnecessary, but I think that it makes it hard to find a good ending for that second issue. Personally, I’d prefer three thirty page issues, but let’s be honest, that’s just not going to happen. I just don’t like being titillated when there hasn’t been any more real development. The murderer that has been terrorizing the town has been captured. But this guy is no normal captive. Anton Chavoy is a werewolf. That makes for some pretty abnormal conversation between captor and captive. That and the excessive amount of chains required to keep this monster restrained. The most important thing about this beast is the bounty that he’s worth. Until he transforms again, Laney won’t have the proof that he needs to collect the money that he’ll use for his son’s leukemia treatment. And to make matters worse, Laney is the prime suspect in the investigation.
I liked it, but some of the content seems a little overused. I would even go as far as to say that it’s a little cliché. I don’t want to give anything away by being too specific about what I wasn’t completely sold on, but if I’m right in assuming that it is, you’ll see it too. Maybe I just didn’t know what to expect this month. Like I said earlier, this part of a four-part story always seems like the weakest part to me. I’ve been reading a lot of minis lately and I’m seeing this over and over again. I am completely convinced that next month will leave us all on the edge of our seats.
The art really shines in the flashback portion of the book. I love a good flashback, and I’m always excited to see what route the artist will take. That being said, the flashback consisted of a pretty “meh” story.
Not a very long review, I know, but I think that it’s safe to say that this may be the general consensus. A good issue, but not nearly the impressive all around storytelling of its predecessor. I’m sure that the best is yet to come though. This is just the calm before the storm. Or maybe I just have the wrong expectations for this book.
Writers: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel Artists: Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer Publisher: Boom Studios Price: $3.99 Release Date: 2/19/14