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Review: Last Stop on the Red Line #2

Last Stop on the Red Line #2

In the second issue of Last Stop On The Red Line, we find our protagonist watching over his back, not knowing where and when the phantom killer will strike next. Another passenger falls victim to the phantom killer on the Boston Orange Line. This sparks Detective Torres and her new partner to investigate evidence which incriminates Yusef. Meanwhile, Yusef must control his unearthly visions while on the run to avoid being captured by the determined detectives.

We find Mr. Lyons, as he looks for distractions in his day job as a teacher, where he finds some solace. We also catch up with Detective Torres and meet Detective Ben Damon, who has joined her, to investigate the evidence, which makes Yusuf guilty of the murders on the Orange Line. As Yusuf, attempts to find relief from his unearthly visions, an APB gets put out on someone matching his description, making the most wanted man in Boston. By issue’s end, Torres catches up with Yusuf, only to be caught up in one of his visions come true.

Overall, an interesting alternate world story where humans and supernatural creatures exist in a seemingly normal world. The story by Paul Maybury is evenly paced and well characterized. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that gets the reader off-balance but gives them enough to stay on this wild ride.

Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lotfi and John Rauch
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 sets up a very interesting supernatural murder mystery but at times is incomprehensible. Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.

Writer Paul Maybury delivers a very atmospheric debut with this first issue. The supernatural thriller nails the tone and feel it’s going for. Unfortunately at times the comic is also a bit hard to understand exactly what’s going on. As it progresses that’s less of an issue but for half of it, the comic feels like you’re missing something. That’s the biggest issue with Last Stop on the Red Line #1. While the debut nails what it’s going for, it also doesn’t quite work at times. The issue feels like it’s a slice of the bigger narrative. The story would be stronger being read in one sitting instead of single monthly issues. This may be the case where the whole is stronger than the individual parts.

When it comes to its tone and genre, the art by Sam Lofti with colors by John Rauch and lettering by Adam Pruett enhance the experience. The art is at times haunting delivering a trippy horror experience. The use of color enhances that. Visuals at times have a 60s/70s poster quality about them. That experience though can create confusion. You wait for an explanation pages later leaving you to wonder what you missed. It also forces you to go back and read pages again while still confused. The visuals don’t add to the narrative, they muddy it up. It’s still great to look at and captures the tone and genre quite well.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 is an interesting debut issue. For those who really enjoy a supernatural thriller, it’s one to pick up. The fact it’s being released as a monthly comic seems to hamper the debut. This is a case where the trade may be the better read so it can be enjoyed in one sitting. I hate to say trade wait but this might be one worth doing exactly that.

Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lofti
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Adam Pruett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & the Freshman Force: Who Dis? (Devil’s Due Comics) – We’re a sucker for these types of comics and we’ll admit the political nerds in us are really interested in seeing exactly what’s within the pages of this issue.

All-Time Comics Zerosis Deathscape #0 (Floating World Comics) – An all-new five issue miniseries and if it’s like the previous releases, we’re psyched. This superhero world is a mix of modern and classic and just a lot of pulp action fun.

Black Badge #10 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best comics on the market, it’s a twisted take on a Boy Scouts like group that’s used to recruit and train young assassins. You can learn more about the history of the program here!

Fathom Vol. 8 #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen has been hit and miss lately with a few false starts over the years but they seem to be more focused this time and we’re excited to see if this new volume reflects a renewed Aspen.

Giant-Man #1 (Marvel) – The many individuals who have used that name come together in this War of the Realms tie-in and we’re kind of excited for it.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 (Dark Horse) – A supernatural crime story from Paul Maybury and Sam Lotfi that has us really intrigued to check it out.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #4 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Marvel line has been great for kids and each issue a lot of fun. So, check it out, especially if you’re looking for comics for kids.

Planet of the Nerds #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was funny and AHOY packs so much in each and every issue they put out. Just a great value for your dollar.

Science Comics: Cars, Engines that Move You (First Second) – First Second’s graphic novels in this line are fantastic if you want to learn more about the topic. This is solid for kids and adults who want to learn.

War of the Realms #4/War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1/War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers #1 (Marvel) – We’re suckers for this, we’ll be honest. The event has been very hit and miss but we’re hoping it turns around. It has to, right?