Review: Low Road West #2
Following a brutal dust storm that drove them to seek shelter, the teens decide to venture out into the mysterious ghost town of Duster’s Wake to search for supplies…only to find that they are not alone.
The first issue of Low Road West caught us off guard as it started as your typical apocalypse setting and then something magical happened. There was a twist and we were teased with another world. It created a whole lot of questions.
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson doesn’t answer those questions instead building things up to a reveal at the end that left us scratching our heads and wanting more.
With the kids safe in a mysterious house and trouble outside, they turn to survival mode looking for food and other items that might help them survive. More is revealed leaving us with even more questions that feel like they’ll get answered a bit more in the third issue.
What Johnson does so well is not just build the teaser but really introduces us to the kids through their interactions. There’s no outright explanations of their backgrounds or history, instead we’re teased about all of that. We’re left to figure much of it all out ourselves. It’s a great way to add depth to the characters without derailing the story itself. And there’s an emotional connection there. When one character talks about her family and you put together what has really happened, it’s hard not to feel sorry.
The art by Flaviano, with color by Miquel Muerto and lettering by Jim Campbell continues to be solid. The house has a lot of mysteries and has a personality all its own. There’s four distinct settings of the comic and each has a look and feel all to their own. Yet, they all still work together and flow nicely. How does it all connect? We’ll find out but we’re pouring over the art for clues.
The comic continues to build the mystery with some reveals that only create more questions. We’ll hopefully start to get actual answers with the next issue but this is a series that seems to blend a few genres together into a whole new experience and one we want to find more about.
Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Flaviano Cover Artist: Flaviano
Colorist: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review