Review – Shrapnel: Hubris #2


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There’s a lot going on in the second issue of Shrapnel: Hubris #2 and I’m torn on what I think.  The issue is published by Radical Publishing, created by Mark Long and Nick Sagan, written by Sagan and Clinnette Minnis with art by Concept Art House and the cover by Stephan Martiniere.  The second issue picks up with the first and takes us through the build up to Captain Narayan’s assault on the Solar Alliance.

Consumed with advancing their War of Unity on multiple fronts, the Solar Alliance may be vulnerable to an audacious, high-risk assault on one of their most valued possessions.  So rests the hopes of oppressed Helots across the System as a plot against the oldest extraplanetary colony moves forward.  Once loyal marines now turned freedom fighters, Captain Narayan, Colonel Rossi and their troops have a golden chance to slow down the enemy war machine…but at what cost?

I almost thinks there’s too much going on in this issue with a lot of cutting and back and forth.  Like another Radical title I reviewed the blacks in the art made it very difficult to figure out exactly what was going on and at times figure out who is who.  Overall, the story is entertaining.  The world is pretty cool with a hint of Total Recall.  When I could make out the art, it’s beautiful and really nice to look at.  There’s just points where there’s a lot of black and other dark colors too, making it hard to make at what’s what.

Like the first issue, I feel like I was missing something.  It was just hard to literally see what was going on at times.  Also like the first issue the story doesn’t focus on the action of the attacks but instead the lead up and chess playing that occurs before.  An interesting take and one I really appreciate.

Plot: The plot is one thing I tremendously enjoyed.  The art though drags it down a bit as it’s hard to tell who’s who at times and I was definitely lost at moments as well.  Is this because I didn’t read the earlier series?  Possibly.  But overall the plot is entertaining and the build up and deal making a nice focus.  Much like the first issue, definitely something to read.  Rating: 8.25

Art: I’m mixed on the art.  When I could see what’s going on, it’s great, but other times the dark colors make it difficult to tell what’s going on.  Characters are hard to make out which drags down the enjoyment of the actual story.  When colors aren’t an issue though the art is fantastic and something to check out.  Rating: 7

Overall: The story is great again and I hate to keep hitting the same note but it’s hard at times to tell what’s going on.  It’s a solid story and the issue here is the brightness.  It’s an issue I have with some movies, comics and video games in that it’s so dark, I can’t tell what’s going on.  Even through that, it’s still and entertaining read.  Overall rating: 7.5

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 56 pages    Price: $4.99    Release Date: 7/28/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.