The world is under attack. Each and every citizen on the planet lives in fear. Any moment death might greet them quickly without warning. Cities turn to ruins and the Earth’s superheroes are being murdered, further preventing the innocent from maintaining any kind of hope. Will today be the day they die?
The artwork in Titan Comics’ Masked #2 stands out with large, lively cityscapes that generate a real sense of dimension. Differently angled views of Paris show the magnificent details crafted by artists Stephane Crety, Julien Hugonnard-Bert, and Gaetan Georges. The combined efforts of these three maximize every millimeter of each page.
As 2016 wraps up, the release of the second issue in Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 taps into the foreboding and uncertain atmosphere hanging thick in the national climate, as we prepare for the the completion of the United States presidential transition and a very different form of governing and leadership in the four years ahead. Writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs remain at the top of their game in the newly released issue, continuing to craft what seems to be shaping up to be one of the most complex, impactful, and important seasons of Buffy yet.
As the story of Conan the Slayer unfolds, you come to understand that Cullen Bunn isn’t interested in telling your typical hero story. He’s interested in putting his hero through the shredder. That doesn’t come in the form of losing fights or getting beaten up physically, but in losing battles and the consequences of doing so – and the consequence of simply being a “slayer” looms on the horizon. I won’t go into all of them, but you get the sense that something big is going to go down.