Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Review: Freelance Blues #2

Writers: Ian Daffern and Michael Leone
Art: Vicki Tierney
Letters: Robert Petek
Publisher: Alterna Comics
Released: 30th March 2016 (Digital) 

I'm a little late reviewing this one, life seemed to get in the way. Though as soon as I received my review copy in my inbox it was opened straight away and read without a moments hesitation, knowing that I would be in for a treat.  Freelance Blues #2 is a cracking issue that continues to tell the story of hapless Lance in his mission to provide for his family, always hindered by getting a job with some nefarious villain (unintentionally of course). 
This issue sees Lance take to the road to find work but inevitably things go awry and he finds himself mixed up in a science experiment with supernatural proclivities.
Once again Daffern and Leone's script is tight and paced well. Lance is written in such a way that you can't help but empathise with him. In fact all the characters are well written and fleshed out. The big bad monsters that play the antagonists are subverted and add a nice slice of humour to the book. The twists and turns keep you hooked and this separate story keeps the whole arc going smoothly.
Tierney had a real mastery of character in her art and does more impressive work in this issue. She showcases her abilities as a fantastic storyteller on every page, with interesting layouts that frame her art well and keep the story moving. The villains are particularly well drawn, but it's also the little things, the details on the background for example, that are a real marker of her talents.

This issue shows Daffern, Leone and Tierney working in wonderful unison to create another fantastic issue. It could be a great standalone story, and it is in some ways, but it also is a piece of a larger puzzle that I can't wait to work out. So bearing in mind this has been out nearly a week now, if you haven't already had chance to pick it up, do yourself a favour and do so.  You don't want to miss out. 

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