Written By: China Mieville
Art By: Mateus Santolouco
Last issue introduced to us to Nelse and his new-found powers brought on by the mysterious Phone Booth. This issue picks up immediately after last. Nelse is busy figuring out his powers while his best friend still sits in the hospital from his recent attack and his ex girlfriend still doesn’t give him the time of day.
It’s an interesting take on an already unique comic. Nelse’s obsessive behavior has now bleed into his use of the Dial. Through Nelse’s notes we find out that he forgets who he is every time that he changes and takes on the memories of each Superhero he inhabits.
On the subject of Superheroes China Mieville creates more than enough fun and interesting characters for Mateus Santolouco to draw. Shamanticore and Ctrl-Alt-Delete being my personal favorites this issue. Mateus’s art once again provides enough atmosphere and tension on each page. He also draws the comic with a very kinetic sense of action and creates new and inventive ways to make each page visually striking.
The pacing of this issue is a bit broken but it still provides enough fun along with more questions as to who is chasing Nelse. The mystery behind who is after Nelse and his friends is still just that. With his friend place back into danger he goes back to the hospital and bites off more than he can chew. It leaves Nelse in a weakened state as he runs from his attackers with another figure waiting for him at his Dial. China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco deliver another solid issue. DC’s Dark line of books are proving to be the most surprising aspect of DC’s New 52 Relaunch.
Review Score 8/10
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