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Review – ENIAC #2

Review – ENIAC #2 Bad Idea

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Doug Braithwaite with David Lapham

Colourist: Diego Rodriguez

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Publisher: Bad Idea

Plus: An All-New Bad Idea B-Side Story : The Bloody Mess


Read our review of Issue #1 here.

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing of Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I. free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

Writer: Matt Kindt

Kindt takes up the slack from the end of the last issue with Falk and Fletch deep in Russia rescuing the only man that can help save the world from ENIAC, but how is ENIAC able to keep up with them? Once in a remote cabin Andronnikov relays the story of 1957, when Russia stole ENIAC but was punished with a nuclear meltdown on the scale of Chernobyl thirty years before it happened.

A deal with America leads to his creator Ned Clement being traded to implant a virus. However, when they arrive ENIAC has already brainwashed a group of women to do his bidding. What will be the cost of this and why is Fletch dreaming of her mother eating a microchip?

In the short story, a man climbs out of a bloody mess and is questioned about the whereabouts of his wife, is he behind the mess?

Artwork: Doug Braithwaite with David Lapham

The artwork keeps pace with the story with bright explosions, amazing use of panelling to push the story forward and strong use of overlays with technology and the overlapping technologies that have evolved out of the original valves and relays. The main ENIAC has a slight egg-like shape is this a little foreboding to what will happen next?

Overall Thoughts

Second issues can be tricky you want to keep up the action while pushing the plot and new characters forward. The team here have done a great job. The Bad Idea model is still being evaluated as a concept for publishers but whatever happens, this will stand on its own. Five-star writing and almost perfect art and colours.

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