Chariot #2 rolls into comic shops this week, providing some interesting twists to the storyline. The first issue introduced us to Jim, an ex-con trying to come up with the money to support his sick son’s medical expenses. Jim ends up learning the hard way that asking people you already owe money to for more money is a big mistake. His savior comes in the form of a high-tech sports car with the conciseness of a beautiful secret agent stuck inside, named Gillian. Now, Bryan Edward Hill, Priscilla Petraites, and Marco Lesko up the ante in Chariot #2.
While Chariot #1 gave the story’s protagonist Jim a glimmer of hope, Chariot #2 seeks to crush those dreams with the first appearance of what looks like the story’s big baddie. Although we don’t learn her name, it’s mentioned right away that this Cybernetic Cruella Deville psychopath is the sister of the holographic car consciousness, Gillian. As for what readers can expect this go-round: action, suspense, and a lot more questions raised.
In terms of the writing, the second issue is totally in sync with the first. The emotions, reactions, and mannerisms of the characters feel organic and the dialogue is solid. The timing and strategic movements within the panels are done impressively well. The minimal use of captions throughout creates a theatrical appeal with every page turn.
If you thought Petraites did her thing with the first issue, just wait until you see the second. There are some cool callbacks to pop culture classics like The Matrix and Tron. Plus, her razor-sharp pencil work blends brilliantly with the color palette Lesko uses to merge the present day with a zesty blend that pays homage to the ’80s and ’90s. Kudos to the climactic ending Petraite creates that reminded me so much of Terminator 2.
Chariot #2 is a blast to read and only leaves you more intrigued to keep up with the series. This book has the potential to be one of the best to come out in 2021. It’s got heart, action, a solid story, and more.
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