Review: Radiant Black #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Becca Carey
On Sale: 17/03/2021

Nathan begins learning to use his powers as Radiant Black returns in a classic origin story.

PLOT AND STORY

Immediately following the events of issue #1 Nathan struggles with the new powers he has developed and the ongoing concerns in his personal life. As Nathan’s Dad tries to reach out and offer concern about his son’s welfare, Nathan learns that he still needs to earn money to live at his parents house.

After two issues I am really enjoying the simplistic nature to this origin story. Some people might hear the word simple and take it as criticism but this is far from criticism. I have always been a firm believer in telling a simple story well is better than telling a complex story badly. Kyle Higgins is building a genuine superhero origin story with Radiant Black and so far I am finding it incredibly entertaining. 

Nathan is a character who is your typical nobody, a washed up writer who has returned to his parents with nothing to show for himself but a pile of credit card debt. This makes him the perfect character to gain superpowers and shift his life in a completely new and selfless direction. The tone is something that will appeal to fans of everyday heroes like Spiderman and DareDevil.

ARTWORK

Radiant Black is what I would call a very clean looking comic. Panels that are neat with clear, bold colours and a very modern stylish use of shading to provide depth. What I like the most about Marcelo Costa’s art is the way he draws pages in an almost widescreen definition. Some panels show the full width of a room with an abundance of foreground and background detail which creates an almost cinematic feel.

A few pages towards the end really stand out as Nathan confronts a mystery person with similar powers, dressed in red. The action sequences are fun, fast and flow really well for the reader. It’s here as well where Becca Carey’s letters shine but giving us a running dialogue during the action whilst not distracting your eyes from the big scale scenes unfolding.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Radiant Black continues to develop into a very good comic book series. I find most people like a good origin story and this is one I think lots of people will enjoy and even connect with. Nathan is a normal guy who can suddenly do extraordinary things and his journey towards heroism is turning into a fun and entertaining trip which I’m sure will have a few bumps along the way but I am 100% along for that ride.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Image Comics and their respective owners.

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