Euthanauts #2 Review: Far More Grounded Than the First Issue

Euthanauts #2 Review: Far More Grounded Than the First Issue

Posted by August 31, 2018 Comment

Euthanauts #2
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Writer: Tini Howard, Artist: Nick Robles, Color Artist: Eva de la Cruz, Letters: Aditya Bidikar, Cover by: Caitlin Yarsky, Variant Cover by: Caitlin Yarsky, Editorial Assistance by: Chase Marotz, Editor: Shelly Bond, Euthanauts created by Tini Howard and Nick Robles, Publisher: IDW Publising, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Thalia Rosewood awakens in a coffin currently being set on fire by a man named Indigo. He thought Thalia was dead and helps her out once she wakes up. Thalia goes back to her job, but Circe and Gullame, Dr. Wolfe’s assistants find her at her job. Thalia freaks out, and the two assistants take her away from her job. Circe and Guillame want to help Thalia to continue Wolfe’s research. Next, Thalia goes to Wolfe’s funeral.

Euthanauts #2 cover by Caitlin Yarsky
Euthanauts #2 cover by Caitlin Yarsky

Euthanauts #2 is far more grounded than I expected it would be given the first issue. The previous installment seemed like it was taking off into an existential zone—which led me to that whole tangent I went on about existentialist comics—but Euthanauts #2 actually follows Thalia in our world through the next day with a coherent series of events.

Is it compelling? Eh, it’s getting there. I find myself reading this issue and not knowing what exactly Wolfe’s goal was. I think she wants to come back from the dead, but, if so, I don’t know what Thalia is supposed to be doing to make it happen. As a result, we are about as clueless as the characters, and we are following them meandering from place to place.

There also isn’t really a sense of urgency either, so the book has little to actually propel itself forward.

Euthanauts #2 art by Nick Robles and Eva de la Cruz
Euthanauts #2 art by Nick Robles and Eva de la Cruz

Nick Robles’ artwork is impeccable though. He renders a gorgeous world with visually unique characters and some bizarre visions sprinkled throughout. The detailing and texturing are vivid and vibrant. Eva de la Cruz gives a well-balanced and surprisingly warm color palette that brings the visuals together.

Euthanauts #2 isn’t bad, and I do feel bad for using #1 as the pedestal for my digression about existentialist, pseudo-metanarrative, and nonlinear storytelling. This book is far more grounded than I expected, and the characters are decent. The plot itself is a bit unfocused and vague, and that’s where the problems arise. That said, I’m not compelled to turn people away from it. It’s interesting, has potential, and has excellent artwork, so feel free to check it out if what I describes sounds like your jam.

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(Last Updated August 31, 2018 8:19 pm )

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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.

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