Blood, guts, ultra-violence, corruption, and a red X. “X” #2 keeps the body count rising through his dirty city and the mystery behind his mask intact. Is that enough to keep readers intrigued? Is a truly nebulous anti-hero worth reading? So far, so good, “X”.
WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski
ART BY: Eric Nguyen
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: June 12th, 2013
The corrupt inner circle is still reeling from their failed attempt to trap X last issue. A renegade blogger inadvertently joins up in X’s cause and helps in his escape. For a character that doesn’t really speak, adding a talkative journalist make sense.
Writer Duane Swierczynski adds to his initial chapter’s web of dirt and lethal justice by making the bad guys worse and keeping the man called X a mystery. Sometimes a mystery is better kept unsolved the longer it lingers. I don’t know anything about previous incarnations of X but this one seems better served remaining masked. Finding out who he is is less enticing than who and how he’s going to kill more crooked cops and politicians.
“X” seems more like Jason Voorhees than an antihero vengeance seeker. He keeps getting shot, stabbed, and blown up but keeps coming back. Artist Eric Nguyen excels at depicting the horrifying ways X eliminates his targets. Is this a new genre mash-up: slasher / horror / crime / superhero? If so, it’s only going to get bloodier from here. “X” means red and lots of it.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady