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‘Welcome Back #2:’ Advance Comic Book Review

The first issue of this comic left me blown away. Issue #2 doesn’t quite measure up to that bar, but it still has plenty of action and excitement to make it worthwhile.

The premise, if you’ll recall, is that two groups of soldiers have been engaged in a never-ending battle for millennia. One soldier tracks down another and kills them, then they’re both reincarnated, and the cycle begins again. And again. And again.

Our protagonist is Mali (or rather, Maizie, but she hates it when people call her that), a soldier in this war who’s just been “woken up” to remember the war, her past lives, her mission, etc. At the end of the last issue, she was visited by her stepfather, who’s been reincarnated as a 6-year-old girl. In this issue, he attempts to show her the ropes and integrate her into their unending mission—despite Mali’s misgivings about the whole operation.

For me, a big part of what made the first issue so interesting was the novelty of the concept: reincarnated soldiers fighting a war across all different eras, a six-year-old girl as father to a 20-something woman, and so on; however, all of that was established in the last issue, so the novelty of it doesn’t quite carry over. And, there aren’t really a lot of new concepts introduced in this issue either to keep the novelty going.

Still, that doesn’t mean that the concept has worn thin or become boring. It’s still interesting and worth exploring, and the action keeps things exciting and fun. All in all, this is a good comic and worth your time. I look forward to seeing how things play out.

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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