Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated & Lettered by I.N.J. Culbard
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 10/28/2015
Chapter 2 – Friend or Foe
One of the best and most enjoyable stories from 2014 (and early 2015) returned last month with its second volume, Wild’s End: The Enemy Within. From creator and writer Dan Abnett, and creator and artist I.N.J. Culbard, this next chapter takes place fifteen days (at least I think) after events concluded in the first series and the solicit describes this next adventure as a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and X-Files, which both rank among my favorite movies and television shows of all time (no wonder I love this comic so much)! The second issue comes out this Wednesday, and I felt the need to share my thoughts.
So after reading the first issue, it was great seeing Slipaway, Fawkes, Minksie, Susan, and Alphie still together, albeit being held against their wishes in the name of national security. Still coping with the deaths of family, friends, and neighbors, the group must deal with the adverse effects of the invasion and continuous interrogation. “That’s an excuse people use when they do ugly things”, we are reminded. There is no question that the world has changed or is changing, and our friends are forever changed as well.
With the military authority struggling to understand what it is up against, they have enlisted the aid of two of the most proclaimed science fiction writers in hopes that they help bring a better understanding to what exactly it is that is occurring. As the story continues, the group comes to a frightening realization about what the military intends to do with the knowledge they possess so far, and must make a necessary but dangerous decision to assure their safety and the safety of others.
These first two issues so far include everything we saw in the first volume, and then some. We have that suspenseful Sci-Fi element along with a few more personal side stories. Slipaway is still battling old demons from his war days in the Navy, Susan must now deal with her ex-husband being thrown in to the mix (what he does in this issue is grounds for a second divorce). We have Fawkes and Alphie on a side mission of sorts, and Minksie doing everything he can to document the events that are occurring.
The art by Culbard remains as gorgeous as ever, especially with the colors on those night shots that include a radiant blue sky full of stars. We also see the return of the maps, okay it’s just a partial map, but it’s a map. Abnett is writing at such a high level on this series, as he continues to deliver compelling characters that you can’t help but grow attached to. Accompanied with a story that you only hope will never end, Wild’s End: The Enemy Within is storytelling at its best.
REVIEW: WILD’S END: THE ENEMY WITHIN #2
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)