The second issue of this mini-series is as fun and engaging as the first. I was mildly concerned at the end of the first that the story might veer in a slightly melodramatic direction, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I titled the 1st review "Hogwarts for Hitmen," equating specialized magical prep school education with training in the killing arts. As the setting is developed, however, it reminds me more than anything of a public high school. It looks like one for a start and while the cliques are organized mercenary clubs, they have that oily sheen of teenage belonging. So, if anything, that setting, along with the serialized nature of comics, makes Five Weapons more easily relatable to a TV show like Boy Meets World or Freaks and Geeks. Except, of course, everybody’s learning how to kill people. Can’t forget that part.
Tyler is doing well, to the point where he’s pissing everybody off, faculty included. So, the odds are thoroughly stacked against our hero as the second installment kicks in, and he’s forced to confront his next major challenge, Rick the Stick, President of the Staves Club. It’s a challenge of wit vs. blunt force, and, like any good serial, it’s providing the chance to tune in and watch the wily protagonist find a way out of his current predicament. You know he will, but it’s fun to watch how it all plays out. This issue sees the introduction of new characters, the further development of some previously introduced, and reveals pieces of a backstory which I suspect will become most essential to the tale’s development.
It’s a good story, and I’m in for the long haul.
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