How do you bring back humanity when you’re responsible for its end? David Adams is a man on a mission — a mission that could get him killed, again. 989 years earlier, he created an AI that wipes out the earth. Can he pull himself together long enough to fix his terrible mistake? Writer Clay Mcleod Chapman and artist Jakub Rebelka’s road to human resurrection continues in Origins #2.
Origins as a series is off to a fantastic start. While Origins #1 set the stage for the battle to rebuild humanity, issue #2 offers readers a more in-depth look into the artificial intelligence called The Network that is responsible for the extermination of human life on earth. It also gives an interesting reverse perspective of a narrative that is spoken a lot in the current society: machines will make room for humans to do something else. So in Origins #2, it’s ironic to see Chloe, a machine built by the story’s main character David, helping him try to restore mankind.
Aside from that, Clay Mcleod Chapman and illustrator Jakub Rebelka continue to create a poetic journey filled with solid storytelling, painful hardships, and dark secrets. Rebelka’s pencil work delivers a unique heaviness to the book that reflects deeply from the characters. Much like the technological beginnings of machines and computers in modern society, you can tell that the road for David and Chloe is going to be a long one. Rebelka does an incredible job also balancing transitions from back story, past and present events.
Origins #2 is an overall good read that holds up but remains slow in terms of action. It still shows a lot of potential and looks to shift gears going into the third issue. Do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this book and the first if you haven’t already. Support your local comic shop and get Origins #2.
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