Sacred Creatures 2 (August 2017)

Sacred Creatures’s second issue is still a longer-than-normal comic, but still feels like a significant decrease from the giant first issue. Raimondi and Janson are careful with their pacing. They jump around a bit–present, flashback, present, then introduce another character–and Raimondi seems a little pressed on space. His panels are sometimes tiny, just so he can get in all the story. This issue has some reveals, some clarifications; previous issue protagonist Josh seems like more a bystander to the big events going on around him. It’s a fine enough shift. He’s appropriately second-fiddle. It’ll be interesting to see what Raimondi and Janson do next–they’re not grandoisely ambitious, just exceptionally, professionally competent. At least in the writing, Raimondi’s art is plain awesome, even hurried.

CREDITS

Writers, Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson; artist, Raimondi; colorist, Chris Chuckry; letterer, Tom Orzechowski; editor, Sebastian Girner; publisher, Image Comics.

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Night’s Dominion: Season Two 1 (August 2017)

Night's Dominion: Season Two #1

Night’s Dominion returns with a reasonably sturdy start. Writer and artist Ted Naifeh juggles multiple plot lines, cutting between them abruptly. However, he opens the issue with a storyteller recapping the previous season; it gets him some goodwill for the later impatience. Naifeh’s art is a little hurried and he does introduce a whole bunch of characters right off, but he’s got a good pace to the issue and it ends with a lot of promise. Of course, so did the last time he did a first issue of Night’s Dominion.

CREDITS

Writer and artist, Ted Naifeh; letterer, Aditya Bidikar; editor, Robin Herrera; publisher, Oni Press.

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