Monday, February 18, 2008

The Twelve #2 Review

J. Michael Straczynski follows up the excellent first issue of his new series with another brilliant read.

J. Michael Straczynski's The Twelve is looking like it will turn out to be one of the best books to come out recently. I know it's a bit early, as only two out of 12 issues have hit stores, but it feels like it could go the distance and really make a name for itself.

The Twelve is about twelve Golden Age heroes who fought as a team during the Second World War only to be frozen in time and then awoken in the present day Marvel Universe. The heroes are given the task of settling in and returning to form as crime fighters but many are having a hard time getting over the past.

The second issue is more of what was found in the first but with more character work. Straczynski does an excellent job showing the humanity of these heroes and you really understand their confusion and pain as you read this issue. I found myself deeply feeling for these characters which is something a comic isn't often able to do, Straczynski does it with ease.

The art of Chris Weston is once again remarkable. Weston does an excellent job creating a retro feel to the comic without allowing the art to feel dated. His pencils are crisp and detailed and a thrill to take in. The art features everything great about the art in old comics but with a modern twist to set it apart. Kaare Andrews is also doing some great work with the cover of each issue.

It'll be interesting to see where this comic book goes. The story is still being established and we haven't yet seen clue of a major villain or plot device. The past two issues have been amazing reads and if Straczynski can keep it up for the next ten we'll be in for a real treat.

One Sentence Review: Spectacular follow up to an amazing first issue. This book can't be missed.

The third issue of The Twelve hits comic shops on March 5th.


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Brendon said...

Nice to see JMS continue to put out quality books even though his relationship with Marvel has kind of gone south. Here's to hoping he does more creator owned stuff.

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