Review: Goners #2

We pick up right where we left off, with Zoe, Josiah, and co. in a fight for survival against all kinds of hell. The Latimers are under supernatural attack, and apparently the world is watching with bated breath. Reality television as a national pastime, folks. Gotta love it. Goners-#2-11.19.14The police station is swarmed with blood-thirsty supernatural creatures, hell-bent on destroying the Latimer clan. It’s a violent, bloody mess, but Zoe and Josiah have Francis the bodyguard, plus the Detective and his own arsenal. They keep the Terrors away from the kids as best they can, but there’s no doubt these children are going to be scarred for life, however long- or short- that might be.

Goners #2 includes flashbacks interspersed throughout the bloody action. A family party, five years ago, where Zoe does a bit as a magician, and Josiah is completely enthralled. His youthful innocence is endearing in that moment, but heartbreaking when we cut back to the bloody present. There’s no escaping the Terrors, so Francis does the only thing that makes sense- he grabs the two Latimer children, along with the Detective, and jumps out of the building. The issue literally ends with the group in mid-air, shattered glass flying around them; it doesn’t look good.

Goners #2 was a lot of blood, violence, and close calls, and not much plot. It’s an extended action sequence, essentially, which a sprinkle of flashbacks. This is fine so long as the next issue picks up with the story-telling. As fun as the fight scenes are, we need a bit more substance, especially so early in the story when we don’t quite understand everything that is happening.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Jacob Semahn Artist: Jorge Corona Publisher: Image Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 11/19/14 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital