Written by Chris Miskiewicz
Illustrated by Palle Schmidt
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 07/09/2014
Chapter Two: The Towers
I am not going to waste any time with formalities and my usual method for introductions when writing a review. Let me just say that if you read last month’s issue of THOMAS ALSOP and have yet to pick up or read the second issue, be punctual in the way you rectify that.
Chapter two starts off with the guardian and protector of Manhattan (Alsop), on location so to speak on his hit reality show, ‘Thomas Alsop: Supernatural Detective’. It is here at Bushwick Manor, where he has been called to inspect reports of a paranormal intrusion from an alleged spirit named Lisa Van Patrick. A battle ensues resulting in an inferno of ghostly proportions, of course most of it getting captured on camera. The rest of this story finds Thomas being summoned by his family to discuss their concerns with recent events, we find out the location of Alsop Manor, and we meet Thomas’s sister and uncle. Again the story flashes back three hundred years where we see members of The Black Ring conspiring against Richard Alsop, in a plot that seems evident to tie in to the current events we see Thomas encompassed in.
I have to say that I was curious about the ground zero scene at the end of the first issue, and it was totally expected and somewhat obvious that the slave ship would have some significance to the story. I did not however, imagine the ending we received in issue two, which just may be one of the most haunting and astonishing cliff hangers I have ever read in comics. It was honest, moving, and personally impassioned to not just Miskiewicz, but should be to countless readers as well. To add to the brilliance of this series, it was all evocatively captured in the illustrations by Palle Schmidt.
Once again we get compelling story-telling and the character building that is essential early on in a series. Miskiewicz does this masterfully as he is setting up an incredible world full of mystical intrigue in a contemporary setting accompanied with raw and personal emotion.
REVIEW: THOMAS ALSOP #2
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
A powerful and personal supernatural saga in a contemporary setting.
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