Review – Vinyl #2
Writer – Doug Wagner
Artist – Daniel Hillyard
Colourist – Dave Stewart
Letterer – Ed Dukeshire
Publisher – Image Comics
Release Date – 28th July 2021
Serial Killer Walter has locked himself in an underground bunker belonging to the Sunflower Death Cult. Now they are sending a myriad of monsters and cult followers after him. But Walter brought some friends along as well. And he is determined to rescue the FBI agent who’s only mission is to take Walter down.
Issue #2 of a planned 6 part series from Image Comics continues where the first left off. Writer Doug Wagner again pairs up with Artist Daniel Hillyard, his co-creator on the fantastic mini-series PLASTIC. (If you haven’t read this then I suggest picking it up, immediately!). The pair are joined by Eisner Award winning colourist Dave Stewart and Letterer Ed Dukeshire and the team combine to produce one of the comics of the year.
Doug Wagner knocks it out of the park again. It’s surreal just how likeable serial killer Walter is and honestly, you can’t not like the guy. Wagner’s portrayal of the protagonist is so spot on, you just have to wonder how he comes up with this material. He is expertly building up the tension in this series and readers are left waiting in anticipation to see it come together in what could possibly be a blood spattered crescendo. The only downside is that it is only 6 issues!
The level of detail on Daniel Hillyard’s characters really is fantastic and when it comes to the scenes of violence, he captures it perfectly in these panels. When you add to this Dave Stewart’s expertly utilised colour palette, the issue just springs to life in front of you in a cacophony of colour and carnage in equal measure. Whilst Doug Wagner has provided another storyline which is capturing our imaginations, it is the work of the art team of Hillyard, Stewart and Dukeshire that really enhance the book to it’s full potential.
I said last month that I couldn’t wait for the next issue. And it was well worth the wait! Another fantastic issue from Doug Wagner and the team. Such a well written story which peaks your interest with the turn of every page and when you add in the fantastic visuals of Daniel Hillyard and the eye catching palette of Dave Stewart, you know you are in a for a treat. There is something about this series that is just enthralling to read and I couldn’t help myself in re-reading it multiple times and each is as good as the first.
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If you enjoyed Andy’s review, check out his review of issue #1 right here.
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