I’m convinced that They’re Not Like Us #2 from Image, written by Eric Stephenson with art by Simon Gane is a game changer. As I mentioned in my review of the first issue, They’re Not Like Us is heart pounding, honest, and surprising. The story focuses on main character Syd, and her induction into a house of people that have grown up thinking things were wrong with them, but in all actuality had special powers. In Issue #2 we get a deeper look into the motives of these people and what they’re all about.
This kind of subject matter can sometimes get a little tricky, because essentially the belief system that these people operate under is pretty ruthless. It actually comes off as a very negative way to look at life, which created a struggle for me. However, Stephenson’s script is written so well that he almost convinces you to think, “Hey…I want to see what this is all about and how it works out for them.” As a reader, you relate to Syd because she feels the same way. She’s unsure as to whether or not she’s okay with behaving the way her peers do, and struggles with making that decision.
Gane’s art is incredibly beautiful. I love the detail of it. The characters all look so realistic, which enhances the reading experience overall. The first issue hooked my attention completely, and the second one did the same. They’re Not Like Us is an intense comic, and my prediction is it will continue to carry this same type of pace. I do hope to learn more about the secondary characters in the series as the issues progress. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, you should definitely give it a try. The core of what lies behind the pages feels more real than most comics I’ve read.