Review – Lucid #2

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Lucid 2 CoverI really enjoyed the first issue of the series and Lucid #2 upped my enjoyment.  The entire issue focuses on an assassination attempt on the President, and when magic gets involved things get pretty interesting.

Things are heating up at the House at Dupont Circle! What is the Prophecy of the Pendragon? What Occult weapon threatens the fate the United States…for the second time? And what exactly is an Astral Amplifier?! LUCID #2 takes you one more giant leap into the strange world of Matthew Dee as the novice Combat Mage races against the clock to prevent President’s Day from becoming a National Day of Mourning! Written by “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian and illustrated by newcomer Anna Wieszczyk, LUCID is Archaia’s first title published in association with Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” “Star Trek”) and his company, Before the Door.

The series written by Michael McMillian is entertaining.  The pacing is good and action solid.  There’s nothing too deep here, but it’s just an action movie you can check your mind at the door and just read and enjoy.  That’s not a bad thing at all.

Anna Wieszcyk‘s art is pretty cool with an interesting anime feel to it.  My only complaint is the faces of the men are all pretty similar, though each character is distinguishable.

This was In the Line of Fire with magic thrown in.  Pretty simple really, but very entertaining.  This is a series I look forward to reading each time I see it hit the releases.

Plot: McMillian’s story continues as we learn more about this world of magic and the big picture that’s going on.  It’s a fun series and one where I’ve enjoyed the first two issues.  What’s interesting is they can easily be picked up and read on their own and together give the bigger picture.  This isn’t so much a continuation of the story from the first issue as a piece of the puzzle.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Wieszcyk’s art matches the fun of the story.  The design is very cool and very creative.  You can tell when an artist is enjoying what they’re working from, and it just comes off the page, with great art, color, everything.  Top notch stuff.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: As a standalone issue that adds to the first, it’s quite enjoyable.  I’m sure many of you skipped the first issue, but for a cool story about preventing an assassination, this is worth the pick up and read.  Well worth giving a shot.  Overall rating: 8.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 24 pages    Price: $3.95     Release: 11/10/2010

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