By J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Chris Weston (pencils), Garry Leach (inks), Chris Chuckry (colors)
First off, I love the covers of this series. The art, typography, and captions invoke old school stories. And Chris Weston? His interiors are amazing. From the first page of issue #2, I was enthralled with his line work. The interior color is a bit muted and cold compared to the cover art; I wonder if this choice by design to keep it somewhat grounded with Golden Age comics (newsprint loves to suck up the color). Whatever the choice was, this book almost feels like a Vertigo book to me – and that’s not a bad thing.
This issue follows up on The Twelve’s acclimatization into modern society. The team expects a utopia from the novels they’ve read, but instead face a harsh, gritty reality. Each character deals with this struggle in his or her own way and we get to see it first hand. Electro, the robot who was left deactivated in Berlin last issue finally comes home, but we don’t get to see much of him after that. And Blue Blade’s demise? Well, it’s also not touched upon. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a big build up before we figure out what happened to him.
J. Michael Straczynski is one hell of a wordsmith and he knows how to write for ensemble casts – his character dialogue flows incredibly well. Each is given so much depth and their distinct voices expose the flaws that accompany their personalities. You care about these characters, flaws or not, and despite one or two of them being complete jerks, you also get that they’re a product of their times, not ours. Don’t wait for the trade, buy this book now. It’s the complete package. (Grade: A)
– J. Montes