If a revolution has any chance of succeeding, then a person must choose between what he wants and what is needed. Sander, a working-class peon and unwitting revolutionary, faces this decision when he is forced to abandon his family in order to save his life and maintain the ruse that he is a Guard. Driven by forces larger than himself, Sander must now convince his superiors and the other Guards that he is one of their own. Not an easy task for someone with no Guard training or first-hand knowledge of the world that literally exists above his own. But, Sander may have found an ally as he leaps from the proverbial frying pan into the fire by the end of the second issue.
A very well-paced and action-packed issue, the story flows from one organic conflict to the next. The dialogue and inner monologue add additional dimensions to the story, and I appreciate that his wife is finally given a name, which is Karla, by the way. I hope to see more of her story in later issues, as the world of the Workers is an intriguing one and most of the people in it are hanging on by a thread. But now, we are introduced into the inner world of the Guards for the first time, and I’m very interested in where that takes us.
Carlos Magno has once again done a terrific job on the art, giving the world a very industrial look. The new colorist, Chris Blythe, has done fine work. I also love the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover art by Jake Wyatt, and I hope to pick up an issue while I am there.
Kudos to everyone involved.