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‘The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #2:’ Advance Comic Book Review

The first issue of Christopher Chaos introduced us to our main character: a teenage mad scientist trying to navigate the seemingly normal world around him. In this issue, we get to see a bit more of that world and how normal it absolutely isn’t.

We already saw a bit of the strangeness beneath New Briar City, when Christopher Chaos’s crush turned out to be a werewolf. Now, everyone is looking for the missing Hayden, and only Christopher knows that he was killed in cold blood by… Werewolf hunters? It’s still unclear, both to him and to us. Regardless, it’s not something most people would believe. Which is too bad, because Hayden’s best friend Jordi wants answers and suspects that Christopher knows more than he’s telling.

Meanwhile, the New Briar City Police are investigating a series of rather different crimes: Petty criminals are being brutally murdered, complete with bite wounds to the neck. It couldn’t be the work of a vampire, could it? Of course not, that’s impossible in this very normal town.

I’m liking the direction the story is going. While Christopher Chaos is, for all intents and purposes, the main character, it appears that the comic may ultimately have more of an ensemble focus. Chaos is, in fact, only a minor character in this issue, as we explore New Briar City through the eyes of some of its other residents, such as Jesse Tombs, the police officer who’s investigating the series of vampire-esque murders. Though I do hope our titular character doesn’t take too much of a backseat going forward, as his mad science exploits are still the coolest part of the story.

More of the mystery is revealed in this issue, but with every answer comes a slew of new questions, as well, along with a host of new characters, all with secrets. I’m really enjoying the exploration of the world of New Briar City, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Creative Team: Tate Brombal (script), Isaac Goodhart (art), Miquel Muerto (colors), Aditya Bidikar (letters)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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