The Prisoner #2 Review: Not Bad but Very Predictable

Posted by May 28, 2018 Comment

The Prisoner #2
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Writer: Peter Milligan, Artist: Colin Lorimer, Color Artist: Joana LaFuente, Letters: Simon Bowland, Cover by: Colin Lorimer, Editor and Original Plot: David Leach, The Prisoner created by: Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein, Publisher: Titan Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Breen is at the mercy of the Village, and they will stop at nothing to get the information about Pandora from him. Worse yet, he sees some familiar faces in the Village’s compound, and they aren’t saying the things that the MI-5 agent wants to here right now.

Prisoner #2 cover by Colin Lorimer
The Prisoner #2 cover by Colin Lorimer

While the Prisoner #2 scores some points for its continued mixture of spy tropes with a narrative that plays on the reader’s perception of reality, it loses some points due to predictability. It does leave clues to indicate where the ending leads, but the ending is predictable just due to the tropes of the genre.

You could likely guess almost exactly where the comic is headed by the midpoint. The opening scene is a truncated version of every “bastard dad” childhood narrative, and it feels cheap and its emotional low point unearned.

Breen is still charming, and some of the oddities of the Village are interesting. That latter point brings us to another frustrating detail of the comic, and that is how little we get to see of the Village. We only see Breen being interrogated and an extended chase sequence. As I already said, that chase sequence ends in a very predictable fashion. The Village seems bizarre and interesting. Maybe we’ll get more later, but this doesn’t have enough going on to leave me feeling patient.

The Prisoner #2 art by Colin Lorimer and Joana LaFuente
The Prisoner #2 art by Colin Lorimer and Joana LaFuente

Colin Lorimer’s artwork remains very good, and the detailed and light additions of stylism make for a comic that looks both good and memorable. Breen is made highly expressive, and the odd details of the Village are framed well as to stand out. Joana LaFuente’s color art is similarly quite good and well-balanced, making the visuals of the comic the stronger aspect of the book.

Prisoner #2 isn’t entirely bad. It has its charming aspects, and its biggest failures are giving into the tropes of the genres upon which it draws. The art is good too, and I can’t say stay away from the comic. That said, I can’t quite recommend it either.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

(Last Updated May 28, 2018 10:14 pm )

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