Book Title: Never, Never #2
Book Description: In the first issue of Never, Never we saw that Peter Pan isn’t necessarily the fun loving, carefree, little boy that won’t grow up. In fact we learned that Petros (what Peter is called in this series) has a bit of a vicious streak that makes him seem to be borderline sociopath.
Petros tried to sacrifice a teenage girl named Winter to Tick Tock the Creator Croc. Through a combination of wit, tenacity, and luck Winter manages to escape from the cage she was imprisoned in and elude the giant amphibian.
While running from the Lost Boys, Winter received unexpected help from a member of the Night Tiger Clan. They helped her reach a village which offered far more protection from Pan than being in the wild.
In issue two of Never, Never we get hints that in Never Never Land time is a bunch of wibbly, wobbly, timey, whimey stuff.
Strangers don’t appear in the normal order of history here. The first adult to come to the island was a German WWII fighter pilot. Next was a group of pirates from centuries before. Pan seems to be the only one that knows how time truly works on the island.
Pan isn’t telling us anything though. He’s busy rallying the Lost Boys for a raid on the Tiger Clan’s village. We then see how Crimson Tiger and Petros have a long history together. We also see how she made Pan into a killer. More surprisingly, we see how cutthroat Crimson Tiger can truly be.
Book Author: Mark McCann
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Vrus
Illustrator: Phil Buckingham
I am loving how well this story has differentiated itself from the traditional Peter Pan stories. This isn’t a cheerful Robin Williams in Hook or Disney‘s Peter Pan. This Pan is more akin with the one we got to know in Once Upon a Time. The Pan in this series is more sinister though.
From what we’re allowed to see he has good reason. The fun loving boy that played on the island with Crimson Tiger had his innocence destroyed in a flash. Then he witnessed a downward spiral of tragedy no child should ever see.
In addition to the depth that was added to Pan and Crimson Tiger, I appreciated how much more character development we’re getting for others. The origin story of Obo was quite interesting.
My seven year old describes this cover as ”creepy cool”. He’s not wrong. Obo looks downright frightening while simultaneously looking powerful. It jumps off the shelf and demands to be noticed. You can’t ask for more from a cover.
I liked how Spirit Horse was depicted. Mr. Buckingham also does a wonderful job bringing out how manic some of the Lost Boys are.
This one moves along at a great pace and is very easy to fall into. As a geek on a budget I have no reservations about picking up Never, Never #2 at cover price. In fact, I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment arriving in my pulls.
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