Saturday, June 23, 2018

Delta 13 #2 Review

Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Nat Jones
Letterer: Tom B.Long
Publisher: IDW
3.99 USD
Reviewed By Wheezy

Hopefully, my disappointment in the first installment will not spill over into this review but my expectations were significantly lowered after issue 1, which hopefully will improve on the generic plot, wooden characters, and muted palette. Let's check it out.

Picking up where the last issue left off, the crew of Tetra478 decides to investigate further and realize that all is not what is seems in the Asteroid. The crawler they sent to examine the patterned wall has suddenly disappeared, and it looks like the crew has assembled a human search part to fully understand what is going on. Naturally, we get the dubious pilot who argues with her superior officer as to whether this is a good idea or not, yet again, more clichés and the sense of drama never really transpires as there is not enough character development/motivations to enable the reader to connect. After a little huffing and puffing, the crew finds the crawler which leads them to find a naked woman attached the asteroid, fully connected with wires (just like the old Nintendo). Naturally, the crew take her aboard the ship much to the chagrin of the pilot (Sanders) and decide they need to abort their current mission and take her to Ceres. As the issue is closing out the woman opens her eyes which are all black.
This was a stronger outing than the last issue, but only marginally, so it is not much of compliment sadly, and that’s only for opening page catch up paragraph. Yet again, there was little substance to this issue and makes me think they writing for the trade, there was also a couple of full page splashes that didn’t really work, in that there was not much portrayed in them, along with the lack of characters you are able to identify with it appears it is carrying on the theme of the last issue of little to no story, and a gloomy colour scheme.

Bits and Pieces:
Like the last issue, there is still nothing to rope you into this, the reveal of a woman being connected to the asteroid could have worked but there was nothing to build up to that. The fact that it is quite light in story/dialogue and fills its pages with large panels, you really get the feeling that the creative team is stretching this out, not sure if that is intentional or not. My conclusion to the last issue still rings true unfortunately for this book, there is just too much quality sci-fi on the comic shelves to justify the 3.99 for this.


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