Review By: Sergio Porras The brutality continues in X #2 but there’s still not a single explanation as to why X does what he does. The crooked cops of the Arcadia police department seem to always be one step behind X but somehow the last mudracker, Leigh Ferguson, is hot on X's tail but does he really want her so close? Leigh is starting to realize that following X around may not be in her best interest.
After the murder of three prominent business men X was going after his fourth target when he was compromised by the Acradia police. In a last ditch effort of survival X enlisted the help of the curious Leigh who may have bitten off more than she can chew. After saving X she decides to put him in her car and drive off with him until they come to a check point. X instructs Leigh to get out of the car then get as far away as she can. As an escape plan X blows up the car and evades arrest again. Not happy with the news of his escape, Mr. Berkshire gives an earful to police Captain Wilder and demands that X be taken down.
While Captain Wilder is leaving his meeting with Mr. Berkshire, X captures him and straps a bomb around his neck and sends him back in to Berkshires office. X is able to gain access and eventually detonates the bomb around Captain Wilder’s neck killing him and badly wounding Berkshire’s face by basically blowing the damn thing off. Brutal. While X attempts to escape he is wounded by an officer. Leigh follows X back to his secret hide out where she is clearly not wanted. She leaves him alone but X reaffirms that he doesn't want her around by sending her a photograph with one line through her face as a warning to stay away.
Eric Nguyen's gritty style of art brings the book together for me. Whether its action or just panels of X cleaning himself up after being wounded, he hits the nail right on the head each page. The effect that he uses for blood splatter during the two explosions scene is wickedly brutal and almost makes me cringe. Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing but he definitely has a knack for drawing gruesome death scenes.
It’s understandable that X isn't for everyone and it’s definitely not your dad’s superhero, but the book has a lot to offer. If you're into gore, mystery, or a good crime thriller than X has all of your bases covered. Swierczynski is one hell of a story teller and although I can’t say that this is even in the top 10 of best comics that I've ever read it deserves an honorable mention just based on entertainment value alone.
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Eric Nguyen
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: 6/12/13