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 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.
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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