At long last, Top Cow Comics have released the second issue of their mega-crossover event, ‘Artifacts‘. It seems like a long time since the first issue came out, but the happenings in that issue are still crystal clear in my mind. I was hoping this second issue would see some deeper development and maintain the high standards of the first comic.
No more beating around the bush, I thought this issue was just as incredible as the first one. Not a let down in sight, and the plot development I was hoping for was there. Ron Marz is not holding back at all. Usually in a lot of big events, the things that went on in this issue wouldn’t happen for about 4 or 5 more issues, and it felt right. It’s a story that unfolds with natural grace. There are obviously higher forces at work behind the actions of some characters, but of course that is the whole mystery which will be revealed.
Most of the main characters all come together in this issue, after they realise that Sara’s daughter has been kidnapped by Aphrodite. The Darkness comes in because he is the father of Hope, and he feels an obligation to find whoever kidnapped his daughter and kill them…because that’s what Dad’s do. The Angelus shows up as well as Tom Judge. The issue ends with them all meeting and I assume that in the next issue we will perhaps see them start to do something about this possible ‘end of the world’.
I was also quite impressed with the subtle hints of symbolism in the artwork. The layouts of some of the symbolic plot references were done nicely and were cool to spot whenever they appeared. It’s the little things like that which can mean quite a lot that really leave an impact on a reader.
Now, when I said that I had no complaints, I suppose I told a little porky there. As thoroughly enjoyable as this was, it did feel a bit on the thin side, or perhaps it felt a bit short. I’m not sure which. But the amazing writing and outstanding artwork more than make up for this.
It was a lot of fun to see the great artwork of Michael Broussard yet again. His attention to detail and precise anatomical drawings are breathe taking. The colours are great as well, so a lot of respect to Sunny Cho.
I can’t wait for the next issue of ‘Artifacts‘ by Ron Marz and (for the moment) Michael Broussard. I’m glad this is going to be a 13 issue event, that way we get to enjoy watching it unfold for just about over a year I think. I’m enjoying the shit out of this, and as I’ve mentioned before this is the first time I’ve read Top Cow yet I’m already as up to date as I would ever need to be. Hop on in to this event, even if you’re a new reader. You won’t look back.