Friday, December 8, 2017

No. 1 With A Bullet #2 Review

Cover Me

Written by: Jacob Semahn
Art by: Jorge Corona
Colors: Jen Hickman
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

The first issue in this series was great. A fresh story that since then has arguably become more relevant with news headlines reflecting some of its themes. Part of the allure rests with the book's exploration of the double edged sword of online culture. Let's see what this issue adds to a strong start.

One thing that should be mentioned is the sheer detail of the writing. Now I know that too much writing affects the balance between writing and art that makes the comics medium so unique. That being said there is a trend towards minimal writing in books these days. This book packs in little details in the form of "social media" inserts within the art. That plus some rather detailed yet snappy dialogue bubbles really lend Semahn's writing a feeling of depth and density that is lacking from a lot of comics these days.

The art meanwhile is very fresh and dynamic. This is partly due to Corona's unique style but special credit should be given to Hickman as the colors in this book are very eye catching, and palette is used to allow the tones to differentiate between past and present, as well as real time events and events viewed through an internet or social media lens.

All of these qualities combine to tighten up the tale of Nash Huang who is reeling from the aftermath of a leaked sex tape in which she features. This issue deals with the repercussions of that event on her job, relationships and private life. By the end of this issue she begins to rally round from the depression she is experiencing in the early pages. The story is tightly woven however, and the plot twists again just at the end to leave us on a dramatic cliffhanger dying for the next installment.

Bits and Pieces:

The opening issue of this series was great, and this issue builds on that solid foundation. The story is given more depth and the characterization of Nash, and the depiction of the circumstances in which she finds herself is handled magnificently. This is fast becoming the comic book series to watch; one of the most exciting titles on the shelves the minute.


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