Review: Shikari Force: Hunters #2
There is something powerful about Firefly. Though a short run, the television show, and movie, is a cult classic. Every year the show gets discovered by someone new and the fanfare gets a boost. The mythology that got injected into this universe more than romanticizes the Old West but showed where it can go when infused with sci-fi. As it took the idealism of the Wild West, imparted the battle scars veterans carry like from the Civil War and put in a dystopian setting like Star Wars, and you get Firefly.
One of the best parts of the story is Summer Glau’s portrayal of River Tam. We find out after a few episodes her and her brother Simon are no mere passengers. Every law enforcer in the galaxy is looking for them, especially River. The way Glau portrayed the character and how underscored the prominence of her abilities is what makes her storyline so special. In the second issue of Shikari Force: Hunters, our crew finds a River Tam of their won, one that causes as much as complications as the Firefly crew undertook.
The leader of the Nagas has discovered the Shikari Force has found the Dakini. Naga implores Krait, leader of his armed forces Nest 13, to hunt down their vessel. We also find the crew dealing with the aftermath of the Dakini’s considerable powers. She has ecimated their lab. We’re also taken to the Old City on Varanasi where the Dakini finds refuge with an elderly woman. Nil and Meena eventually find the Dakini but so has the Nagas. By issue’s end, a firefight breaks out between Nil and Meena and the Nagas, but Krait finds a way to Jimi’s lair, which may leave our heroes doomed.
Overall, another stirring issue which pushes the limit of action-packed sci fi epics. The story by Sarwat Chadda is well developed and intelligent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that gets the reader on the edge of their seat hoping the heroes will come out of it triumphant despite the odds.
Story: Sarwat Chadda Art: Arjuna Susini and Aditya Bidikar
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy