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Review: Livewire #2

When the superpowered psiot codenamed Livewire plunged the entire country into a nationwide power outage, she made more than a few enemies – and now she’s about to meet them face to face! But these mysterious foes aren’t simply interested in bringing her to justice…no, they have other far more nefarious plans for the most wanted woman in the world…

After the events of Harbinger Wars II, which was a perfectly forgettable and very disappointing story, Livewire has emerged as perhaps one of the most fascinating characters in comics. Much like Magneto, who will do anything to protect and defend mutantkind, Livewire’s actions have blurred the line between hero and villain for the character. She may feel she’s a hero, but is she?

The first issue saw Livewire captured and drugged by a gang of soldiers, the results of which are dealt with in Livewire #2  in a slower paced but no less emotional story. I may not have been the biggest fan of the way Harbinger Wars II was told, but I am really enjoying the way that Vita Ayala is building upon Livewire after her actions in that miniseries. Ayala doesn’t let us forget that our actions have consequences, and although there’s a stereotypical guard figure in the book, even his anger at Livewire feels understandable and justifiable because of the damage she caused.

It’s an anger that’s not just expressed through the dialogue, but visually too. Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are adept and conveying the emotions of the characters through their linework and the colours used in the comic, and often provide much more of an insight to a character’s emotional state than you’d necessarily expect from a comic book. Their style isn’t one I immediately warmed to when I first came across it, but Allen and Martin are an incredibly talented duo who subvert expectations with their work; the more you see it then the more you’re going to love it. It’s deceptively simple art – there’s very little flashy effects used, and the style is stronger for it.

Despite the intelligent use of colour this issue, Livewire #2 is a book that lives in the moral grey area. It delights in making you question your point of view and your sympathies with the main character. Whether she’s a hero or a villain is still largely in the eyes of the reader, but I can’t wait to see where the creative team take us.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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