Review: Imperium #2 by Joshua Dysart

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Imperium #2 LaRosa CoverImperium #2 shows that Harada has not lost his knack for manipulating people. Not only did he respond to the Renegades revealing all of his secret plans by forming his own country, he’s still out there building hospitals and sending followers to lecture others on the evil of selling weaponry to terrorists. Public opinion remains divided: Most of the world leaders may hate him, but not all, and there are demonstrations in his favor. His profound belief in his own rightness plus the undoubted appeal of his vision are what keeps him appealing, so it is good to see that becoming an open opponent has not cost him these things. His opponents are not shining heroes either, which allows Joshua Dysart to keep the grey-area storytelling he does so well.

And, there is still Harada’s newest addition to the team: Mech Major aka Sunlight on Snow. Him, I want to see more of. How does a robot with a sense of poetry end up working for a megalomaniac? Yes—Harada acquired and modified him, but what next?

It almost goes without saying that Doug Braithwaite’s art is excellent. It always is. He draws both wide-view and close-up images with the same level of care. It is worth taking the time to page through the book just to look at the variety of faces he has drawn. There are scarred figures like Gravedog, the wrinkled look of the older caliphate member, the younger, more rugged Bones. The people are racially varied as well. McCaig’s coloring adds depth and detail to the work.

In short, if you are looking for an innovative look at the supervillain and you like reading books where it is hard to separate the verbal and the visual side of the story, Imperium is a good book to pick up.


Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Raul Allen, Doug Braithwaite, Butch Guice, Lewis LaRosa

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