Written by Marcos Martin & Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente
Digitally Published by Panel Syndicate
Release Date: 9/6/2016
Very few comics are worth waiting for, and lately it seems like all my favorites are months, sometimes almost a year apart. I was not certain if the latest series from Panel Syndicate would be one of these comics that would fall under this “worth the wait” category, but after reading Barrier #2 I can safely assure readers that they will not be disappointed.
At the end of our first issue we see our two protagonists cross paths, as Liddy and Oscar are both abducted by aliens. No not the “illegal aliens” that Fox News and conservative media warn us all about on a consistent basis, but the other kind of aliens that Fox Mulder warned us about.
In the second issue, we see two very different people with perhaps different ideologies realizing that they must find a way to work together. I’m not saying that Liddy and Oscar are from opposite sides of the political spectrum, we really don’t know that. What we do know is there is a language barrier that complicates things just a bit, and if you add to that the uncertainty and confusion of everything that is going on, they find themselves in quite the predicament. When fear is obviously consuming them, trust must immediately be established.
The artwork from Martin and Vicente is flawless! I especially love their portrayal of the aliens, which is very War of Worldish, and there were some scenes that also reminded me of The Abyss (what is that weird liquidy substance?). The colors are gorgeous as usual and this is just a very good-looking read overall.
There is something very intriguing about the Oscar character, his hopes, dreams and pursuit of a better life. I think we get a good glimpse of the man he is striving to be during the flashback/dream scene, and what is it that he is carrying that is so important to him? I love the story that Vaughan and Martin are telling here, and look forward to seeing where they take this very human Sci-Fi/alien story.
REVIEW: BARRIER #2
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)