In a world where technology seems to be taking over our every thought, Mosley feels like a well-timed superhero story. Who will fight for us when the machines take over? The first issue came out swinging, revealing Mosley may have helped A.I. take over, but is now bestowed with the power to defeat them. From where or what this power came remains to be seen, but in Mosley #2, it’s time to break some robotic skulls!
Mosley #2 opens with a flashback as we learn when Mosley lost his daughter to an organization he did not believe in. It’s just an internship, but it’s with the Human Progress Project, which we already know has made humans into slave-like drones. This issue establishes a critical fact that is ever present in our own world, and that’s how many people are slaves to technology, but they don’t mind it at all. In fact, they may be addicted to it.
Writer Rob Guillory writes some great captions throughout the main action sequence. It’s not preachy, but it hammers home the destructive nature of technology and our obsession with it. We are slaves to it, and it’s definitely not good. That keeps sci-fi futurism grounded in our reality, making it not hard to believe all of this could happen.
Much of this issue is devoted to an action scene involving Mosley taking his flaming hammer to the machine’s temple. On his way there, he witnesses a man getting eaten and stops the perpetrators, then takes his hammer to the temple directly. The robot mind inside is freaky and designed well by artist Sam Lotfi. New revelations within the temple are revealed, further cementing Mosley’s point of view as correct, but once he realizes humanity will turn on him for taking technology away, you’ll question if there’s anything left to save.
As the story progresses, Mosley shows how he can fight but also be defeated. We still don’t know what gave him his power, but there are rules he must abide by, it seems. By the end, Mosley is in for a new world of hurt as a person from his past life returns. All told, this issue leans heavily on the captions to bring the larger meaning into focus, but the plot moves slowly. You basically get one action scene that is a continuation from the last issue.
Closing out the book is a short backup written and drawn by Rob Guillory, revealing the early days of technology taking over. It’s a clever idea–robots become helpers in hospitals–which is unnerving but done in a way that’s believable. The character we follow will play a major part going forward, but Guilory keeps you in the dark at first, so it feels like a mystery to unpack.
Mosley #2 is an excellent second chapter, further cementing the deeper meaning behind the sci-fi dystopia that humanity sees as a good thing. Like today, Mosley points out that our over-reliance on technology isn’t a good thing and, if left untapped, could make our lives far worse. Mosley is the superhero we don’t deserve, but sure could use.
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