Review – Jack Hammer: Political Science #2

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Jack Hammer Political Science #2The second issue of Jack Hammer: Political Science continues much of what I’d expect. The series is an interesting mix of noir, detective and super hero comics, with a lot I like. There’s just something entertaining about it, and helps it’s an indie comic which I’m a fan of supporting.

Jack McGriskin has been many things: a juvenile delinquent, a soldier, a boxer…a superhero. Now he’s a private investigator who keeps finding that while he can ditch the spandex, he can’t leave behind the heroics!

In his first limited series, the ”Political Science” storyline, Jack is hired to find a missing business executive only to have him turn up dead under bizarre circumstances. When the company that hired him tells him to back off, he is even more determined to get to the bottom of the case and the leads he follows may lead him back to a world he thought he’d left behind.

The second issue starts to get more into that whole political end of things, giving hints as to who’s behind things.  There’s a lot that’s going on here with the usual detective novel traps.  And it works, even with the genre being flooded with choices.  The series continues to impress me, and hopefully you’ll give it a shot too.

Plot: Writer Brandon Barrows has something here.  I like detective stories (a sucker for them) and mixing in super powers you have a potential Dick Tracy.  The second issue adds some layers to the story set up in the first issue.  It’s hard to go over all of the things I liked, cause I don’t want to spoil it all, but trust me, it’s a solid second issue.  Rating: 7.75

Art: The art by Ionic is good.  A lot of the issues I had with the first issue seem to slowly creep away, especially the flat hair.  There’s still something that’s a bit off, but that’s mostly in the beginning and involves the coloring.  Overall, I see improvement though.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: The second issue is solid, but really a noir detective series can only be truly measured by the beginning set up, it’s twists and shocking ending.  We’ve got two issues to go, but so far so good.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 24 pages    Price: $2.99     Release: Out Now

Reasonably Priced Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.