Review: Feathers #2 (of 6)

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Feathers #2 finds Poe and Bianca getting to know one another better and starting to learn a little about one another’s home areas. Each idealizes the other’s: Bianca loves the activity of the Maze while Poe dreams of acceptance in the City. The story is moving forward now as Bianca pushes Poe to be more involved in the life of the Maze and both learn for the first time about the mysterious Ghost who is taking the street children.

Jorge Corona also uses Bianca’s tales of the City to fill in a few more historical details about the location, filtered trhough legend. The central dilemmas are now in place: City and Maze must, in some way, be reconciled so they can share one another’s strengths, the Ghost must be stopped, and the two figures who are using the people as playthings need to be revealed and dealt with. It is quite a tall order, but Corona has the pieces in order and is laying out a well-ordered plot.

Corona shows only the Maze this time, mostly staying at Poe’s rooftop view as he takes Bianca on a tour. From his vantage point, the difficulties of life in the Maze are easy to see. The slightly exaggerated features keeps the emotional tone clear: Usually, it is fright or anger on the streets. Bianca shows as recklessly interested while Poe still looks the innocent. Panel arrangements help build the energy, several tight small panels for a chase, a larger one for a view, and one case of Bianca pointing out of her panel, just as she tries to break all boundaries that hold her in. Hickman’s colors are subdued for the Maze itself: Most of it is a worn blue grey, and even the brighter colors are muted by the location.

Feathers #2 is an all-ages comic for those who like mysteries and a little bit of spookiness.

Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colors: Jen Hickman
Letters: Deron Bennet

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