Review – Rain #2
Artist: Zoe Thorogood
Publisher: Image Comics/ Syzygy Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2022
As tragedy strikes around her, Honeysuckle does the only thing she knows to do — she devises a plan to walk to Denver to make sure her loved ones are okay. Though the deadly rain could fall at any moment, she quickly learns there are things just as dangerous as the corrupted weather: other people.
Adapted by rising stars DAVID M. BOOHER (Canto) and ZOE THOROGOOD (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott).
Writers: Joe Hill, David M. Booher
After the horror of issue #1, we get a few pages to mourn the dead (mainly Yolanda) who Honeysuckle dutifully brings in and removes all of the glass needles from. She stops counting at 200 and lays her to rest under their favourite blanket. Next, she decides what to do while the country adjusts to the fallout. The president thinks it’s an attack, while it seems to be made of fulgurite, normally associated with lighting striking the ground, but nobody knows the cause. Ursula helps with a tale of her own grief when she lost her husband a few years ago, so Honeysuckle sets off to tell Yolanda’s father what’s happened. But what exactly is up with the creepy Comet Cult and why are they following her to Denver?
This issue is almost all exposition but makes up for the shock and horror of issue #1, I’m really enjoying how Hill and Booher are creating a slow burn and not trying to focus on the cause of the rain. It almost doesn’t matter as this is Honeysuckle’s story of dealing with the loss of her lover and companion. The additional character of Marc Despot starts to build a buddy series.
Artist: Zoe Thorogood
Thorogood’s artwork is both plain and beautifully intricate at the same time. You can feel Honeysuckle’s grief like a weight on each panel and somehow she finds the strength to move forward. The weird cult characters look almost less than human and get everything they deserve.
After the horrifically violent first issue, this issue develops Honeysuckle while allowing the wider characters given just enough visibility to allow you to make a judgement on them. It’s a useful vehicle to grow the story from her point of view without obsessing over the reason for the killer rain.[yasr_multiset setid=1] [yasr_visitor_multiset setid=1]
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