Review – Velocity #2

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Velocity #2I’ve seen some amazing art in comic books, but Velocity #2 had multiple points where my jaw dropped.  Let me get the bad thing out of the way, who decided fluorescent orange on bright green was good and easy to read?  Now, that being said, holy shit is this issue awesome.  I loved the first issue, and was just as pumped after reading the second.  Writer Ron Marz and artist Kenneth Rocafort are an amazing team and this is the issue you hold up to show it.

As the members of Cyberforce lay dying from a fatal techno-virus, their only hope for survival is their teammate Velocity. Carin Taylor has never been more in need of her super-speed as the races around the globe, trying to find and cure her teammates before the same virus kills her. The issue continues the inaugural creative union of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

First the story.  Marz has a hit here.  It’s a race against time as Velocity has to save her teammates.  There’s a great gimmick with time literally counting down on each page.  Some good banter, awesome pacing, this is just a great read.

Rocafort’s art is off the hook.  There’s numerous pages that made me stop and say “holy shit.”  The art is amazing, the use of panels match Velocity’s frenetic life, it’s just perfect on so many levels.

I can’t recommend this issue enough.  Get down to the store and make sure this is a purchase.

Plot: The story is fun and frenetic.  The countdown gimmick is great and the banter near perfect.  Other than a couple of minor scenes I could of done without, the issue is a blast to read.  Rating: 9

Art: Holy shit is the art amazing.  Rocafort hits it out of the park scene after scene with some damn sexy artwork.  The splash pages, use of panels, angles, everything just nails it perfectly.  Marz talked up this issue at Baltimore Comic Con and I can understand why.  This is just amazing work.  Rating: 10

Overall: Amazing art with a fun storyline?  Do I need to sell this more.  How about if you don’t purchase this, I’ll personally berate you for not purchasing it.  The art alone is worth the purchase.  Can we get an ongoing with this type of quality?  Overall rating: 9.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: 9/22/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.