Review: Space Bandits #2
"Space Bandits #2"
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Matteo Scalero
Color Artist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Clem Robins
Review by James Stone
Synopsis: "Thena Khloe and Cody Blue are among the universe's most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies - hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE"
Space Bandits #2 is back with thump and a wallop. Retaining the high standard set in issue #1 the story is developing very well at an enjoyable pace.
Mark Millar, who has always been a master at character driven stories, is once again setting the pace and the tone of the story perfectly, in tandem with our deeper exploration into the minds of leading characters Thena and Cody.
Cody is definitely the brains and Thena the brawn in this relationship, and their personalities have the perfect blend of conflict to allow each page to be more eventful than the last. Seeing strong and powerful women who aren't super powered heroes going toe to toe with men much bigger and stronger is a rarity in comics, and a refreshing change.
There are a few pages this issue in which we see Thena let loose and, credit to artists Matteo Scalero and Marcelo Maiolo for some beautiful and unique spreads. These pages are a real treat for the eyes and have me craving to see how these ladies handle themselves when dropped into some real dire situations down the road. The cool, calm and calculated demeanour from Cody gives the comic its cool edge. As we learn more about her intelligence and alien heritage, there are endless possibilities that she will demonstrate how the pen can be mightier than the sword.
ConclusionSpace Bandits has come back and delivered another fantastic issue. Millar is willing to use time jumps expertly to maintain the pace of the story, rather than draw things out. This issue spans a number of months executing a precise plan, but told in such a brilliantly fluid way making you desperate to see what happens on every page. The end of the issue sets the course for Thena and Cody's next adventure and I'm happy to stick along for the ride 'til the end.
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