A $3.99 Comic, 32 pages, Rated T+
Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Cover A by Raul Allen
Cover B by Doug Braithwaite
Cover C by Butch Guice
Variant Cover by Lewis Larosa
Character Design Variant by Doug Braithwaite
It can’t be said enough, Joshua Dysart is good at this. Following the strong debut of Imperium, this story provides an introduction to a character who promises to be every bit as complex as the conflict unfolding before the reader.
Think of how complicated a war can be. Think of the stakes. Then remember that they are fought by people who have their own motivations. Imperium #2 follows a new character that brings grit and style that will make Imperium a fun ride.
Following the exploits of terrorist turned H.A.R.D. Corps team leader, Gravedog, we learn that the opposition isn’t at rest as Toyo Harada is making his move on the world. Imperium #2 gives us a story worthy of a CNN wartime correspondent (without all that pesky editing that would make it clean for daytime TV).
While I cannot compliment the writing enough, the book is made a great deal better by the artistic choices of Braithwaite and McCaig. Their style is sufficient to make a stuffed animal wielding child believably imposing in front of world leaders. Their attention to detail is particularly on display as the scarring on Gravedog’s face maintains a change of color and shape that fits every change in perspective. This is a great cue, telling the reader which panels are a close up with dialogue that is meant to be driven home.
Imperium #1 left an impression that you know the stakes and the sides of the conflict. Imperium #2 reminds the reader exactly how much they don’t know. Are we seeing superpowers maneuver themselves in a war? Are we seeing the formation of a new team? Is the story about politics? Is it about how war makes people less or more humane? I honestly don’t know. I do know I’ll read this story until I find out. One last time, Joshua Dysart is very…very good at this.
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