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‘Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #2’ – Advance Comic Book Review

There’s a casual charm to Caitlin R. Kiernan and Daniel Warren Johnson’s Alabastar: the Good, the Bad, and the Bird, and maybe that’s because our hero, Maisie, is very laid back. Her closest friend is a bird with not only a sharp beak but a sharp tongue. Yes, it speaks – and not just in cryptic, “nevermore” phrases. It carries on full conversations with her that only she can hear. I have not read the first Alabastar series, but Maisie has been in mourning the past year, something she may just be getting over, but she carries that malaise around with her. She surrounds herself with death by passing herself off as a medium to the dead with the help of the bird. How this plays out . . . well, you’ll have to read the issue.

But, trouble is bubbling up under the surface. A seriously disturbed pair of female twins and talk of werewolves. What all of these have to do with each other I’m not sure, but I have to say I like it.

Reading Issue #2 of Alabastar is like returning to a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a long time, but you know them, like the conversation just picked up from where it was left. There’s a natural rhythm to the writing and paneling that invites you into Maisie’s life. Carlos Badilla’s colors are warm which is a nice juxtaposition to some of the darker elements creeping into the book. All in all, it’s strong and worth picking up, if you want a tale that feels light but shows great depth. Where one can start to see between the cracks in its surface – and it doesn’t even feel like it’s working for it. Casual charm. Natural, fluid movements forward.

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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