Review: American Jesus #2

"The New Messiah" - Book Two
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Peter Gross
Color Artist: Jeanne McGee
Letterer: Cory Petit

Review by James Stone


Just when I believed I had American Jesus all figured out issue #2 has just thrown everything up in the air. Some new, and fairly serious, questions have been raised and what started out as a simple story of good vs evil is now making me wonder, who is the good and who is the evil? Well done Mark Millar, well done indeed.

I mentioned in my review for issue #1 that I wasn't familiar with Peter Gross' art, but after this issue I've had to look back into his portfolio. This comic is an absolute beauty. Credit obviously must also be given to Jeanne McGee, the color artist, because if you want a bleak and dreary looking setting then it gets no better than this.
Comic panels in the rain are always a tricky concept to draw, because you run the risk of filling the panel with rain, and losing important details. Between Peter and Jeanne though, the balance works perfectly here, with enough rain in the forefront to provide the bleak image they want to deliver, while still managing to include all the character emotions you need to see.

Conclusion

Once again I find myself questioning what exactly is going on and who's pulling the strings. There's nothing better than a story that makes you think about it long after you finish reading. I'm very intrigued to see what happens in issue three, which I'm sure will continue to raise even more questions before it answers any.
Images Courtesy Of Netflix/Image Comics and the Creative Team

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