Morning Star #2 Review: Slower in Pacing but Still Provides an Intriguing Story

Posted by March 20, 2018 Comment

Morning Star #2
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Writer: Massimo Rosi, Artist: Paskal Millet, Cover by: Paskal Millet, Publisher: Caliber Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $1.99

Aaron and Max seek out an ally in a Juarez prison whole Olga makes a panicked return from her trip to the realm of the dead. The disappeared Trevor Reed surfaces to summon a monstrous demigod from the sea. He uses it to attack another Morning Star installation, and this is all at the bidding of the biblical demon, Legion. Can our heroes stop this supernatural madness?

Morning Star #2 cover by Paskal Millet
Morning Star #2 cover by Paskal Millet

Morning Star continues to intrigue with its mixture of detective story pacing, clandestine government organization sensibilities, and supernatural focuses. The plot makes some interesting developments, showing this comic’s intent to use much of the biblical lore to drive its narrative. Plus, who doesn’t like a giant monster demigod in their comic reading?

If it has any drawbacks, it’s that the pacing has been dramatically slowed down in this issue. Lengthy explanations for certain characters and concepts as well as lengthy Bible passages are littered throughout the comic. Both are longer than they need be, especially the entries from the Bible.

That being said, there’s still something appealing about its very dry approach to wild concepts, giving the comic the vibes of a Southwest American X-Files but with even grander threats. There’s an adage about storytelling that says you should tell the story of the most interesting day in the life of your characters, and you get the understanding that the current threat is extraordinary even by the standards of Morning Star. Plus, there’s a new character introduced by the name of Big Jaw. His backstory and motivation promise an interesting edition to the cast.

Morning Star #2 art by Paskal Millet
Morning Star #2 art by Paskal Millet

Paskal Millet’s artwork still provides a gritty, cold, and grim vibe which fits the story Morning Star well. The characters look rough and battle-hardened, and the monsters appear imposing and creepy. The color art is also cold and foreboding, and the overall aesthetic is especially well-suited to the book.

Morning Star #2 is slower and more text-heavy than its predecessor, but it still has the foreboding charm, enjoyable leads, and good artwork to hold it through to the end. This one gets another recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

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(Last Updated March 20, 2018 1:28 pm )

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