Review: ‘The Black Beetle: No Way Out’ #2

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The mysteries grow and grow in the town of Colt City. Shadowy heroes and garishly colored villains begin to surface. Murders need to be solved. Only our pulp hero, The Black Beetle, can figure out the enigmatic Labyrinto’s schemes before time runs out. The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 keeps the ball rolling and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

WRITTEN BY: Francesco Francavilla
ART BY Francesco Francavilla
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 20th, 2013

Francesco Francavilla’s cryptic tale continues to unfold before the reader’s eyes in fantastic fashion. This is such a well-crafted story. The captions, the panel jumps, and the use of darkness fully bring the reader into the story and the world of Colt City. Even the use of familiar archetypes contrasting brightly colored villain and the dark hero works magnificently.

Our villain, Labyrinto, is such a clever creation and divergent character for Black Beetle. Just looking at him in his costume makes his name make sense and I want to know more about him. Our “Investigative Insect” has such great gear that it’s so innovative to see him in action as he is prepared for almost everything. Except for rats. But that’s what guns are for.

Clues are found and now our hero has to do something we have not seen him do yet – unmask and go undercover in the daylight! So far, this series has been predominantly noir, and as such occurs at night. I look forward to seeing how Francavilla will show the well-lit days in the next chapter. Once again, the book ends with a great lead into the next issue. It has been a while since I have looked forward to the next issue of a series to come out as I do with “Black Beetle: No Way Out”. Get on board this thrilling ride now if you haven’t already.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady