Review – Ryder On the Storm #2


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Ryder on the Storm #2Ryder On the Storm #2 is an interesting comic.  It’s definitely not what I expected and instead of a noir/detective story, we get a horror series full of demons and orders bent on destroying them.  This bait and switch has been brought to us by writer David Hine and artist Wayne Nichols.

Ryder learns the truth about his heritage and Charles Monk’s mysterious Order of the Sacred Blood – and what he must do to stop the Dantons from rising to power. After discovering that a Daemon hive queen still lives beneath their city, Monk and Ryder enter the catacombs to exterminate the queen and her brood – but when Ryder takes the fight to Rebecca Danton, he learns of a terrible secret that will shed new light on the mystery of his murdered brother.

I liked the comic, I really did, but at the same time, I can’t feel deflated because of what I thought it would be.  I expected a detective series dealing with the occult, instead it’s turned into a story of secret histories, demons orders bent on protecting humanity.  It’s original with some interesting visuals, but at the same time, I can’t help but feel a bit let down.

It’s an entertaining story though, that definitely fits it’s mature readers tag.  If you like the idea of demons and people trying to stop them then definitely worth checking out, but overall, if you’ve read either the teaser or the first issue, it goes in a direction I wasn’t expecting.

Plot: Hine has put together an interesting tale and one I wasn’t expecting.  It’s entertaining and a good read, but I feel a bit let down because it’s not what I was expecting.  The story is fun though, and has enough to keep it interesting , but I can’t help be stuck on what I was expecting and it could of been.  Rating: 7.75

Art: Nichols has some great art.  Like most Radical books, the art is solid and what really draws me to the series.  Rating: 8.25

Overall: Not as solid as the first issue, and definitely not what I expected.  If you really enjoy detective stories or ones with demons, then this might be for you.  For me though, it was an entertaining read, but nothing spectacular.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 56 pages    Price: $4.99     Release: 1/5/2011

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