Review: Heavy #2 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Designer: Tim Daniel 
Release Date: 10/28/2020

The craziness and the mayhem just got turned up to a 10 in Heavy #2.

PLOT AND STORY

The opening issue last month introduced us to a completely new and unique world of what happens to you once you die. Issue one dropped the mother of all cliffhangers as our main protagonist Bill was saddled with the worst possible partner in Mullins, the very man who killed Bill and his girlfriend. 

This issue had me hysterically laughing one second and wincing in disgust the next as Mullins flips the story completely upside down. Bill was a good Heavy, enforcing the will of his employer to the betterment of space and time because it was his job. Mullins enters the series like a whirlwind, leaving utter chaos everywhere he goes. This partnership of conflicting personalities is a reader’s dream as it brings so much fun to the pages while Bill’s utter hatred towards Mullins adds that extra layer of conflict. 

I thoroughly enjoy the way Max Bemis writes a story and constructs the narrative. His style reminds me of writers like Mark Millar and J.M. DeMatteis by the way it flows in such a natural rhythm to the art that at times it feels like I’m watching a movie not reading a comic book.

ART

I was super impressed with the colour and style of this book in its first issue and issue two has managed to elevate on that. What I like especially about Erik Donovan is the way he draws characters’ facial expressions. Mullins is a sadistic person and Donovan gives him this sinister smile that just makes me want to punch him right in the face. The whole intricacies of this book are brilliant with every panel containing so much detail, be it the gun shells flying away from the barrel of a gun or simply a bridge in the background. This of course wouldn’t be possible without the colours from Cris Peter  who adds a whole auro to the book. This issue in particular has a harrowing tone with the use of dark reds and purples heavily featuring throughout the pages.

Taylor Esposito once again provides clear, well placed lettering with a flow throughout the pages that encourages the reader to take in all the details on every panel.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Heavy has quickly become one of my favourite books for 2020 and I find myself telling people to read this more than any other book right now. The story is original and graphic with a backbone of redemption and the perfect sprinkle of comedy.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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