Vol 2: Home Fire, illustrated by Chris Samnee
There's quite a time jump here - volume two takes place 15 years after volume 1, Owen now has a family, a home, and he’s having a bbq. Ma Guang, one of Owen's rivals from his training at the Temple of the Flaming Fist, interrupts his peaceful suburban life and tries to get Owen to come back to the temple. But, there were some terrible things that happened that made Owen sever ties with the Order, and he has no interest in going back. Ma warns Owen that if he found him, others will surely follow, and that’s exactly what happens. Deadly assassins invade Owen's home while he and his wife Kellie are out on a date, and Owen has to fight tooth and nail to protect his family.
The action sequences in this title are done exceptionally well. Several times, there are whole pages of ninja fight scenes, and I particularly liked the added bonus of the sequence at the beginning of the story, where Owen's family is asleep and the fights take place in almost perfect silence. Owen's two kids are a little stereotypical at this point, so hopefully they get a little more character development in the coming volumes. We also don’t know much about Kellie, his wife, so overall, there could be a little more time spent on the characters, like there was in volume one. If even half of the fight scene lengths were spent in character development, this would be a perfect volume.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: January 21, 2021
ISBN: 9781534317185 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Superheroes, Magic, Image Comics
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