Story By: Victor Gischler
Art By: Rodney Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez, Renarto Arlem, and Rui Woberto
Release Date: April 27th
Independence Day #2 is the continuing of the comic/book movie tie in, that closes the 20 year gap between the two movies. The second one is coming out this summer. I mentioned in my review of the first issue that this is a good stand-alone title, I still stand by that statement.
Issue #2 takes place outside the submarine and inside the crashed alien vessel. You follow the marines tasked in recovering the tech from inside the space vessel. Victor Gischler continues his solid writing in the second issue, in that he doesn’t assume that the reader gets everything that is going on. Gischler lets the marines guide you through the ship, and it’s apparent that they have just as much information about the ship as you the reader. Doing this gives depth to the marines as they’re confronted with nothing that has been seen before. In fact they’re making history with every step they take inside its hull. Gishler gives cool little anecdotes in the latter pages into what the marines have discovered. Doing things like this rewards the reader for paying attention, much the same way television shows do running jokes/gags in their episodes
The conversations in this comic book delivers the goods; there isn’t more than there needs to be. Minimalism can go a long way. Wordy dialogues can often times muddy the waters and get in the way of a good story. This particular story fits right in the 90’s with no out of place quips from today’s pop culture. You can’t really get too deep when its marines versus some aliens. The writing is directing the action and have it making sense. The story was kept fluid and nothing felt forced. The whole point of this comic is to set up the coming film this summer, and Gischler does it right.
Independence Day #2 has two different covers offered. My favorite of the two is the red and gold one. It struck a particular chord with me in that it reminded me of another comic, Aliens Predator: The Deadliest of the Species #2 ; it had the same color scheme and feel to it. I’m sure it’s pure coincidence but the cover I mentioned is iconic in my mind and one of my favorites of all time. With all that said I totally dig the covers they’ve been doing for these books. These will for sure catch people’s eyes as they browse the comic racks.
Aside from the covers, the inside art is cool. There is a lot going on, with a lot of different elements at play. The four credited artist Rodney Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez, Renarto Arlem, and Rui Woberto had plenty on their plate to accomplish. Other than that there isn’t much to say other than this is your standard comic book fair art here. That isn’t bad, this should be the standard, this artwork is text book comic art.
The first issue was a good read and this one is is too; Titan Comics has a great title on their hands and I hope to see it continue even after the movie comes out in the Summer.
Independence Day #2
- Story - 8/108/10
- Art - 8/108/10
The first issue was a good read and this issue is too. Titan Comics has a great title on their hands and I hope to see it continue even after the movie comes out in the summer.