Review: Rapture #2

“Might meets magic!

As Babel’s dark forces in the Deadside rise, the afterlife’s last chance at survival rests in the living’s greatest champions. But to save heaven itself, MI-6 agent Colin King – aka Ninjak– must confront his greatest fears…and place his trusted steel against the fantastic and unknown powers of sorcery. With Punk Mambo, Tama the Geomancer, and the fallen hero Shadowman at his side, Ninjak will lead the supernatural’s greatest champions into a suicide mission against beasts and barbarians…and the very gods themselves!”

You know those comics that you read and genuinely liked but don’t have much to say about it? That’s where I am right now with this issue, so this review may be shorter than normal, but these things happen.

Usually when talking about the art in a comic you’d start with the line artist, or inker, but I’m bucking the trend today because Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring work is transcendent. His work bringing the various Loa to life adds some genuine brightness to the pages; I don’t always say how impressive  Dalhouse is in a comic because he’s always so consistent, but he seems to have stepped up a notch here, although that could also be a result of the kinetic line work from Cafu with some assistance from Roberto De La Torre. The art team have delivered a beautiful looking comic, and thankfully Matt Kindt is on form here.

I’m a big fan of the relationship between Ninjak and Punk Mambo (seriously, you could have told me this was a team-up comic with these two and I’d have brought it – Shadowman was a secondary consideration for me), and his stubborn refusal of magic is done in a way that enables some entertaining one liners while also setting up a believable technological counter weapon – I won’t elaborate more.

I genuinely enjoyed this issue; the story and the art were both on point, and combine for a comic that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu with Roberto De La Torre
Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review