FROM THE PUBLISHER: Millions are dying every minute. Heroes and villains alike are falling. Can the Justice League unite to find a way to stop the spread of death? Can they save humanity from extinction? Can they even save themselves? The key to survival may hinge on the last moments of one of the World’s Finest Heroes…
Well, that escalated quickly!
I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book and gave it a Go! rating. It wasn’t terrible, just not...great. You can read the my review of it here on the site if you haven’t already. I had problems with the cause of the outbreak among other things. I was a bit more cautious going into this issue and definitely had my expectations in check this time.
With all that said...
There are so many awesome moments in this issue! Tom Taylor really hit the ground running here as it opens with Aquaman trying to rescue what he thinks are just people trapped on a ship. It was the noble thing to do after all but I am pretty sure he wasn’t expecting a horde of zombies. To quote Jason Momoa’s Aquaman “My man!” but in a sad somber tone instead. There’s also some fantastic stuff with Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Green Lantern. That whole scenario in particular was just so cool! I’d say it was my favorite sequence if not for the issue’s ending. The brisk pacing is also appreciated since there’s a lot of ground to cover.
Another thing worth mentioning is that this issue brings even more familiar characters into the story than those I already mentioned. It adds to the scope and kinda makes you wonder where some of the other characters that they haven’t shown yet are. I mean, I hope Harvey Dent is okay...y’know?
I suppose he’s got a... 50/50 chance...
Okay so, I believe I’ve made it clear enough that there’s cool moments. That’s most zombie flicks too, isn’t it? A series of cool moments and carnage with some story bits thrown in to keep critics semi-happy. I can’t really think of any zombie movies that have strong narratives. 28 Days Later, for example, is Cillian Murphy brilliantly screaming for 2 hours. You can even look at the classic Night of the Living Dead as another example, what was going on other than zombies going ballistic? See where I’m going with this? The narrative here isn’t the strong point either but it’s the characters and the ways they interact with each other that makes this worth it which again is the case with most zombie fiction. It really shines here too with the virus origin out of the way. It’s a fine mix of carnage and very well written dialogue by Taylor.
The art from Trevor Hairsine really works too, the previous issue had three different artists and it’s so much less distracting now that there’s only one. It’s dark and creepy just as it should be. The emotion perfectly comes through on the faces of the characters as these horrible events are happening all around them. The ending is especially well done, the art really sells the final pages.
I am so much happier with issue #2. It really hit on all the right levels for me, I enjoyed the character stuff just as much as the carnage. I do think that after reading two of the six issues it absolutely should’ve been released as a collected story but that’s just my opinion. As is, it’s still entertaining and I am definitely looking forward to #3 now.
RATING: LET’S GO!