Review: ‘Storm Dogs’ #2

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“Murder is no challenge anymore, except on a planet like Amaranth.”

Science fiction, murder mystery, an R-rated atmosphere, and crime scene investigation combines into Storm Dogs #2. This next chapter gets more attention-grabbing as we explore the new world of Amaranth and how everything is slightly off kilter. The murder is only one mystery our team of investigators is exposed to as things heat up in David Hine’s “Storm Dogs”.

WRITTEN BY: David Hine
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: December 5th, 2012

Dr. Jered Hofman, our forensic pathologist, is the character in focus for this issue. Through his perspective, readers are given great insight into who he is and how this future world operates. Jered prefers using older methods and less technology than normally used to solve murders. Amaranth is a low-technology planet so Dr. Hofman has to…dig in to figure out how the victims died.

You can see and feel Dr. Hofman’s passion come through David Hine’s script and Doug Braithwaite’s gritty art. Now that we are two issues into the series, I understand and appreciate the desolate and muted colors Ulises Arredla used to convey that this is not an alien paradise, but a planet being used up and corrupted by humanity.

Dream Bugs, mystery crystals, a visit to The Snake Pit, and wireheads are all new layers to the story introduced in this episode. It all adds up to terrific world-building. Like any mining town from a western, the locals are not the most virtuous so everyone is a suspect in the murders. Amaranth is a tough planet so even the local law can’t get hung up on every detail of the law. This is something our investigation team will have to adjust to, or, I’m hoping, will confront down the road.

Who is Doll? Who was Doll? Why are indigenous aliens being tortured? More questions I look forward to finding answers to.

3.5 / 5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady