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Review: War Mother #2

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“With her homeland embroiled in a crisis of life and death, War Mother must venture beyond the walls of The Grove – the bioengineered utopia that birthed her – in search of a mysterious citadel that could save her people! But, to reach it, she must endure an onslaught of 41st century Earth’s most perverse monstrosities and fight for survival across the harsh landscape that has subsumed our once-fertile world… With only her sentient sniper rifle to aid her, can one lone soldier stand resolute against the shadows of the future’s darkest frontier?”

With the second issue picking up shortly after the conclusion to the first, there’s little time for you to catch your breath as we find War Mother still in the chains of her as yet unknown captors.

War Mother #2 is written by Matt Kindt with art by Stephen Segovia and Roberto De La Torre and prolific colourist Andrew Dalhouse rounds out the creative team on a book that took me quite by surprise. If you don’t want any spoilers, then know that this is the kind of comic that science fiction fans will devour; exploring the relationship between War Mother and War Son against a beautifully rendered story that has a perfect blend of emotion and action. If you want an example of great story telling in comic form that’s accessible to new readers while simultaneously expanding the Valiant Universe then look no further.

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If you’re okay with minor spoilers then read on – if not, skip to the scores below.

War Mother #2 explores the bond between Ana, the War Mother, and Falco, War Mother’s sentient rifle. The first issue saw Ana and Falco scout out a new home for their community, and just after signalling them from what seemed to be an ideal location she was captured by the inhabitants of the below ground floors. As she tries to escape from her prison to warn her people, Falco begins to feel afraid for the first time, and Ana must face a choice between rescuing her sentient rifle and warning her people. Because War Mother and Falco aren’t in the same location, and are instead talking via their War Bond (which may be telepathic in nature or it may be that Ana is wearing a transceiver) we get to see some powerful scenes between the two as War Mother makes her escape.

Although I quite enjoyed the first issue, it’s this one that has me firmly invested in this series, and this time I’m counting down the days till the next issue. War Mother #2 is another great comic from one of the best publishers around.

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Stephen Segovia and Roberto De La Torre
Colourist Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

 

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