Illustrated by Stephen Green, colored by Rico Renzi
After the Shaman tried to rip the War Club out of Kadyn's body in the last bit of volume one, the boy and his father, Gil, are once again separated by light years. Gil and the Shaman end up on the menacing Space Leviathan who attacked the temple on the Sacred Moon in volume one. With them is Monkey and Dolphin, who spent most of volume one tagging along with Kadyn. Meanwhile, Kadyn is stranded in wild space with Dalla, and he’s not sure he can trust her after what she pulled with the evil shaman. The dark spirit inhabiting the Shaman leaves him and infests Gil, which gives him the ability to commune with the Leviathan and see a path to Kadyn. Swirling around all of this is still the magic War Club and what its power means for these space people and creatures. Kadyn must do some soul searching in addition to searching for his dad.
This volume jumps straight into where volume one left off with no recap of any kind. Once you get your bearings again, this volume is constant action until the conclusion. The pacing isn’t as great as volume one, where there were at least some moments where we had pause long enough to develop some of the characters. In this volume, it would have been great to develop the society a bit more than what we got in snippets from the Shaman, Dalla and the Evil Spirit. There is a lot of Aztec mythology infused into this story, so it also would have been great to have an appendix where some of the original myths or figures were explained.
The art is still beautiful and fantastical. All of the different creatures and space-scapes are so imaginative and wonderful. Many of the space creatures are similar to ocean-dwellers on Earth, and the way they move through the panels is really intriguing. Green and Renzi have created a piece of space that is full of life and interesting things to look at, instead of the sort of empty landscape we're used to seeing with Science Fiction.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
ISBN: 9781534318342 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Science Fiction, Image Comics
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