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Book Title: Island #2|
The author of the book: Brandon Graham
Edition: Image Comics
Date of issue: August 9th 2015
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This issue is the second on in the series and unfortunately it wasn't as interesting or captivating as the first was. There is the continuation of Rois' and Ludroe's stories and the introduction of Simon Roy's story but out of these 3 I didn't really care for the Rios or Ludroe stories all that much. Whilst I did like the introduction of Roy and his storyline (as the ideas of native cultures and space-tech worlds always sounds intriguing when combined) the story hasn't fully 'got-going' yet and so there's potential there, but I don't know where we're going with it.
The first 6 pages are illustrated by WillKirkby and I have to say that this was by far the most exciting, beautiful and captivating part of the whole magazine. I really enjoyed the pink/purple hues and sprawling, intensely detailed pages that he created. There's some peculiar animals and some lovely design work. Not really a story going on, but certainly something to look at and be in awe of so I would give his section a 4*s.
Then we finish up the Ludroe story which I said in my last review I wasn't a huge fan of. Not only am I not into Skateboarding, but the art style was really not one I enjoyed particularly making the story itself just a 1.5* overall. I didn't really care for it, but it wasn't awful. I think that the characterisation and the design work just didn't capture my imagination at all sadly and I couldn't get behind the story.
Then it's Simon Roy's story and as I said in the intro this story seems to be a blend of sci-fi techno-age meeting ancient tribe culture. We have some expansive scenes of a world that has both hulking structures of machinery and metal combined with overgrown forests and small tribe people. This story focuses on a new recruit who's unlucky enough to discover something he doesn't really understand. The story is interesting and has potential, but we're not fully invested yet so I look forward to the continuation and seeing what Roy will do next. 3*s
Emma Rios' story for this issue is the second (and final) half of the story she began in issue #1. The art style is the same and some of the page arrangements were good and interesting because they passed beyond generic boxes, but honestly the story itself is a little confused and it's not always too clear what is actually happening. By the end we do understand, and it is a subject which is interesting (transplants and body confinement) but honestly the way that the story was told kind of detracted from the actual art and concept for me. If it had been a little less muddled maybe I could have become more invested, as it was it was just a 2* read.
Finally we have two articles, one by Miguel Alberte Woodward MD and the other by Robin Bougie. The Woodward article relates to Emma's comic piece and explains some of the ideas which she adopted in order to make the story believable and interesting, however I will say that for me it was just somewhat dull and didn't really hold my attention at all. 1.5*s
The Bougie article was interesting as it's about a hijacking that took place and the Italian man who did it, but honestly I don't really 'get' why it was included in this magazine as there were very few pictures and those that there were just didn't hook me at all. It's an okay article and it's interesting enough, just felt a little bit 'tacked-on' at the end.
Overall I can only give this issue a 2* rating because it is just an okay read, but I still have hope for the next ones in the series because of course the content is ever-changing and they're always getting new people in to work on the magazine. I do own issue #3 and I intend to read it soon so I hope that the continuation of Roy's story and the fact that the Rios and Ludroe stories are over means that one is of a far better quality. Plus I did love the Will Kirkby pages as I've said so it's not all bad! :)
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Read information about the authorBrandon Graham (born 1976 in Oregon) is an American comic book creator.
Born in Oregon, Graham grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he was a graffiti artist. He wrote and illustrated comic books for Antarctic Press and Radio Comix, but got his start drawing pornographic comics like Pillow Fight and Multiple Warheads (Warheads would go on to become its own comic published by Oni Press in 2007). In 1997, he moved to New York City where he found work with NBM Publishing and became a founding member of comics collective Meathaus. His book Escalator was published by Alternative Comics in January 2005, when he returned to Seattle. His book King City was published by Tokyopop in 2007 and was nominated for an Eisner Award. In May 2009 Graham announced that King City would continue publication at Image Comics and his Oni Press title Multiple Warheads would resume publication after a delay, this time in color. Also at Image he is the writer on Prophet, the return of a 1990s series, with the rotating roster of artists Giannis Milonogiannis, Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, and himself.
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