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The Massive #2 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on June 29, 2012 AT 08:31pm

Callum Israel and the crew of the Kapital have returned in the second issue of Brian Wood’s The Massive. In part two of the “Landfall” story arc, Cal and the crew continue to try to figure out how to survive after a complete environmental Armageddon. With Mary, Cal’s crew-mate and lover, still missing after taking a ship out to sea in an attempt to distract the pirates that were pursuing them, The Kapital continues its search for The Massive,  the Kapital’s sister ship lost at sea.

Wood, once again, shows his skills during this issue. Everything is written in a concise and interesting manner, making a dark but poignant tale of survival and hope. The issue runs through two separate locations, at two different points in time. Part of it takes place in Hong Kong, in a flashback sequence, and in Kamchatka, while aboard the Kapital. There are also small sequences that show some of the wide-spread destruction that has taken place across the globe.

The flashback sequences are once again in sepia, which still doesn’t sit right, but is beginning to work in the context of the story.  Kristin Donaldson and Dave Stewart are a terrific team, which once again shines through with the artwork. The dark dull colors work very well with the story, and the details of the artwork are even more apparent this issue, with ample amounts of detail thrown in, especially with the character work, with special attention paid to the shadowing.  Jagged, and at times looking like cross-hatching, the shadows brighten up the pale colors, blending them well with the atmosphere of the book.

Despite a good story, the plot jumps back and forth a few too many times, making it a little hard to follow at certain points, especially with the issue starting off in a flashback sequence. Despite that, both plot lines are well done. The Hong Kong story-line shows some of the major disasters that occurred over the last year, such as the entire city sinking roughly a hundred feet into the Earth, with very little damage happening within the city’s infrastructure. The Kamchatka plot focuses on the search for The Massive, and the wait for Mary’s return. The threat of the pirates is also very real, with the stress showing throughout the issue on Cal’s face.

The characters are the biggest selling point of this story, with Cal being the prime example. They’re real, intricate, and so far, Wood has seemed to barely scratch the surface. They’re convincing enough as characters that readers should be left wanting to know more about them, their plight, and the factors leading to who they have become.

A highly-touted book prior to its release, The Massive is still running strong. With the finale to the “Landfall” arc coming next month, The Massive looks like its going to hang around awhile, even if the world around them seems to be running out of time.

The Good: Distinct Visual Style | Intricate And Entertaining Plot

The Bad: Plot Jumps Around Too Much

The Ugly: Sepia Flashbacks

Score: 8.5


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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