Book Title: The Antagonists #2
Book Description: The second issue of The Antagonists picks up right where it left off, quite literally with a bang. As a grenade explodes in Ultima’s clenched fist, and the president of the United States is nearly reduced to a pile of undesirables, America’s favorite superhero duly-dubbed ‘the American’ saves the day. The old mentor of Destructus, the American attempts to reason with his old sidekick to no avail. Calling on the aid of the Americans, a fitting title for an obnoxious bunch of patriotically named superheroes, they act to thwart the two supervillains, with the fight ending in a surprising casualty for a second issue. With world domination on the horizon, Destructus and Ultima nearly reach their goal aside from one major speedbump: family. A few decades later, we find the Evals in the aftermath of issue one’s vaporization of Tonya’s boss...on pizza night. One by one, we are further acquainted with the children of the Evals: Tajj, Aaliyah (recently grounded), and the eldest, Trey. We cut away to two detectives, Spooner and Leonard, who are interrupted by their commissioner. He informs them that the FBI has taken over their investigation into the death of Tonya’s boss by agent Sheila English, one she doesn’t believe was an accident.
Book Author: Tyler Martin
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Godhood Comics
Illustrator: Giacomo Guida
Martin and the team gave their Kickstarter backers a solid follow-up to the first issue. Story-wise this is as fresh a take on the superhero genre as you can get. Expanding on the pinnacle of Eval’s villainous success, we’re asked to ponder if their actions are justified in the face of greater evils. Given an entertaining and sometimes humorous fight with the Americans, we’re able to see just what the villains can do. I’m excited to see where the family aspect takes the story and just how far agent English and others are willing to take this investigation.
The art by Giacomo Guida is fun and fresh and moves you across the pages with great intention. In the fight scenes especially, the sense of weight and direction want to leap off the pages.
The dialogue begs its reader to morally ponder, while also harboring a unique sense of reliability to those speaking the African-American vernacular. At times the dialog did crowd Giacomo’s art which is a point of conflicting interests as I didn’t want the Eval’s to stop talking.
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