Review: Psi-Lords #2
After an explosive escape from a cosmic prison, Psi-Lords #2 has the team of amnesiac astronauts needing to find a way home!
But where is the ship that brought them here in the first place? And just who are these Psi-Lords they keep hearing about?
It’s a deadly scavenger hunt around the Gyre in search of a way back home. But, this cosmic ring of decaying ships hides many threats within its aging walls!
You know those stories that don’t start at the beginning, but instead begin closer to the middle and fill in the blanks through dialogue, flashbacks and things like that? Welcome to Psi-Lords. A series that features four humans of varying nationalities who wake up in deep space with no memory and with some awesome new powers as they try to figure out who they are and how they can get home.
The characters’ lack of memory plays well into the story. Though there hasn’t been much revealed about how their story began, that doesn’t seem to matter. The reader begins to discover the same little nuggets about the character origins as the characters do. Plotwise it makes for a good way to trickle the origin in with the main flow of the story. It prevents interrupting the story with flashbacks that end up revealing too much too fast.
Psi-Lords #2 is a step up from the previous issue. Writer Fred Van Lente has a more concise story to tell that has a much smoother flow. Although this isn’t one of Van Lente’s better comics, it no longer has the missteps of the first issue when it comes to the pace and plot points. There’s still room for improvement but this issue is better in terms of how the story moves along. There’s also a wonderfully dry comment about the nature of the amnesia the characters are dealing with that made me laugh more than it probably should have.
Once again, Renato Guedes is utterly phenomenal on artistic duties. The otherworldly elements and oddly adorable yet kind of creepy alien species introduced in the book. For the second time this series, Guedes elevates this comic into one you have to spend time with to truly drink in all the details on the pages in your hand. His art has a wonderful feel that does more to place the comic away from Earth than you may initially give credit for as the colours and soft edges pull you into the far reaches of space.
Psi-Lords #2 is a step above the previous issue. If it keeps trending this way then it’s going be an absolute must-read within a couple of issues. Keep your eye on this one.
Story: Fred Van Lente
Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 6.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read
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