Saturday, 27 April 2013

Collateral - Dear John: Volume 1 Issue 2 Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Matt Nichols
Art By Lee Taylor
Cover By Lee Taylor

Drama, Psychological


A family is at breaking point after the father lost his job thanks to the building he worked in being destroyed during yet another superhero battle.

Suddenly their little boy comes home and announces that his friend Stuart has been taken away.


'Collateral - Dear John', like I said in my review of the first issue, is one of the most unique comics that I've read in a very long time.  There are so many different layers  to the story that you most definitely get rewarded with multiple readings.

This issue is no different.  Following straight on  from the first issue, this one is incredibly character driven.  On the surface it just looks like a family talking.  If you were to think of it as just that then you would be missing out on a very multi-faceted story indeed.

Each character is completely unique and each seems to have a story to tell.  I'm loving the slow reveal of little details here and there about them.  It's kind of like watching a puzzle unfold and Nichols writing really brings that to life.  I've read this issue 4 times so far and each time I've found something new to gently push us towards issue 3. 

Another thing about the writing I like is that you really start to be enveloped by the story and feel like a real part of it.  In fact, it's so strong that you feel like you're actually part of the family involved in the story.

Much the same as issue one, Lee Taylor's art here is absolutely spot on.  Just recently I've been discovering a lot of new artists that I will be watching carefully and Taylor is most definitely one of those.  His stark but gripping style really pulls you in to the story.  In much the same way as Oeming uses the little details to put definition to the stories in 'Powers', that's Taylor's role here.  He really has a skill of picking out the perfect detail to put emphasis on the important things in the scene without beating the reader over the head with too many details.  In fact, it's kind of like he's gently nudging you in to noticing the little things that make you want to grab issue 3 and I, for one, will most definitely be picking up the next issue.

This continues to be one of the most unique and gripping titles I've read in a long time and I seriously can't wait to see where the story is going to be taken next.

Story 4.5/5
Art 4.5/5
Overall 9/10

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