Review – Feeding Ground #2

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Feeding Ground 002 CoverOk, I’ll admit, I was a bit rough on the first issue earlier today.  Feeding Ground #2 was leaps above the first issue and really dives into the werewolf plot that’s hinted at in the solicit.

FEEDING GROUND, a horror tale set on the Mexico-Arizona border, launches an entirely new werewolf mythology! A local enforcer, Don Oso, terrorizes the Busqueda family as their father Diego makes a solitary trek home through the horrors of the Devil’s Highway. Meanwhile, US Border Patrol agents unearth a shocking discovery that threatens to reveal a secret buried in the desert for generations. Also included as bonus content on the flip side of the book is the story in Spanish!

Written by Chris Mangun and Swifty Lang with art by Michael Lapinski, the series picks up and explains what the hell happened in the first issue.  There’s much more action and intrigue and the various plots in the first issue are moved forward to a point I want to see more.

It’s a complete 180 for me between the two issues.  The first one was a pass, and the second is a buy.  Pretty crazy jump for one issue.

Plot: Mangun and Lang really kick up the storylines and weave various plots all over the place.  The first issue I thought didn’t explain what was going on enough, while the second issue it’s not just clear, but also adds plot to what it explains.  Rating: 7.75

Art: Lapinski’s art is just as solid and the coloring changes which is interesting.  The coloring fits the mood and makes me think about it’s use in the first issue more.  It’s solid art that adds to the mood.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: My gut tells me this will be a series that will be judged once all the issues are complete.  The first issue was shaky, but the second issue is a great improvement.  There’s a werewolf story in there somewhere and I’m still not quite sure exactly where it’s going, but I’m intrigued to see.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 64 pages    Price: $3.95     Release: 12/2/2010

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