Review: Throwaways #2

IssueThrowaways02_Cover #2 of Caitlin Kittredge‘s Throwaways picks up where the first one let off and dives deeper into Manchurian Candidate territory. The issue starts off with a clandestine meeting featuring the people behind the project that turned Abby into a super weapon. The panels set up a sinister undertone for the rest of the issue and possibly series. When we finally get to see our anti-heroes, Abby and Dean, they’re holed up somewhere and Abby is going to try and use some of her black ops friends to get Dean and herself to safety.

As the story progresses we get a whole lot of flashbacks that reveal more about Abby and her past. The last half of Issue #2 covers Abby’s capture and her Dean aided escape from the very people that turned her into a souped-up version of Jason Bourne. We also get to meet the mysterious voice that’s been “helping” Abby on her quest.

Overall the story is pretty damn solid but, at points, it tends to clunk along and, use a lot of exposition to move the story arc forward. Which is a bit of a bummer because, when the story stays focused it’s a real page-turner. I also had an issue with some of the dialogue. It often feels a bit forced and tries to be overly clever, relying too heavily on pop culture references in a way that makes it feel like it’s trying to remain overly relevant.

Steven Sanders artwork is brilliant in its simplicity although it could be more detailed in some panels but, I think the lack of detail is a side effect of trying to fit so much info into a small bit of panel space. But, when the art works it really works, providing a gritty, urban backdrop to a dark story.

Overall the issue wasn’t half bad and most of the things that I took issue with can be easily fixed with a little bit of tweaking. I came into issue two having high hopes. The story seemed like a nice cross between Manchurian Candidate, The Bourne Identity, Haywire and, Hanna. I loved the idea of a female super weapon wreaking havoc on her creators. I’m all about women taking their lives back from those that seek to control them. There are so many places that this story can go and, I hope that in the issues that come after this are a bit more like the first one & the creators  focus more on the overall story and less on the clever quips.

Discovering that Abby was kidnapped, tortured and, turned into this super bad ass excited me because it opened up all kinds of correlations in my mind about the female body and the act of consent. Yes, she was wounded and, unable to give consent but, the government used her inability to consent to use her body how it saw fit and, the aftermath of her escaping gave them license to retrieve her. This level of the story made me feel almost viscerally connected to Abby. I wanted her to find answers, I wanted her to get payback on the government agency that took away her agency, her sense of autonomy, her power. I wanted to see carnage as the powers that be tried to reclaim her body and put her in a box where they could continue to control her. I loved that the female author of Throwaways made Abby a minority female who had to overcome racism, sexism and, Islamophobia.

Issue #2 wasn’t a flop by any means, I just came into it expecting more after the build up of the Issue #1. I’m still holding out hope that this issue was a placeholder and, it’s purpose was to wrap up all of the character introductions and set up their motivations. I still have hope for this series and want to see it succeed. I know that all the elements of this being a great series is  there and, the writer and artist are extremely talented and are capable of so much more. I just hope that all the promise I saw in the series opener comes back soon.

Story: Caitlin Kittredge Art: Steven Sanders
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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