Titan Comics 2015
Written by Montynero
Illustrated by Martin Simmonds
It’s been a bit since the first series came out that introduced us this world and the disease transmitted through sex that grants superpowers but also kills the person. So I wish there’d been “the story so far” segment before getting into the story because even though I had read the last one I was still a bit lost at the opening. A quick recap/reminder would’ve helped and for new readers it would’ve been great making it more accessible.
That having been said I love what’s happening here. This is the kind of original and unique storytelling that’s missing from today’s market. Weasal is shaking things up in Westminster and this is going to cause the officials to start a crackdown after this whole celebration thing dies down a bit. Chain reactions from those in power who feel threatened isn’t fun but it’s darn interesting to see unfold!
Meanwhile at Wildseed Ranch, Texas we see a bit of master manipulation going on. Nash really does a number on the boss's head as they talk about the crew and who could be a rat, while keeping himself clear of discovery. Then suddenly after everything is in place and ten long months of living like a heathen amongst these “people” it all comes to light and crashing down that’s been undercover. What Nash didn’t know however is that these men he’s betraying are G-Plus and have powers. What an exciting and action packed segment. It’s wonderfully illustrated and expertly written and showcases why Titan Comics is one of the places to be for higher quality stories.
I have to say this is great issue to set things up for the next chapter as those infected with G-Plus are now targeted as the newest people to be feared and controlled. While not everyone who is infected is a bad guy, like any section of the population, it only takes a few bad apples to ruin things for everyone and as we see the result of what happened in Westminster things are escalating to a point of no return. This is more a story of what society seems to react and go through with personal experiences thrown in for those who have caused both sides of the coin to be more exposed.
Powerful, interesting and a poignant look at how we react to that we don’t understand this is something that we should all be reading. With incredible pacing, characters and characterization this is one of the most intriguing reads to come out of comics. Seeing Verity Fette, Art Girl, fighting to stop the looting and looking out for her city while still being sick and seeming to succumb to the disease is gripping stuff.
Martin does some spectacular work on the interiors here. It’s as dynamic and exciting as the writing and the swirls of colour involved make this so just cool. From the guys Nash faced being so horrific in nature to Verity’s use of her powers to stop the car and then use beauty to talk to the crowd it’s all just so well done. It really helps making reading this so much more impactful and entertaining.
Check out something different folks and see what the world has to offer outside the norm of the “big two” and you’ll discover new things to love.