Isola #2, Image Comics

(Courtesy of Image Comics)

A visually stunning follow-up, Isola #2 (Image Comics) captures the beauty of its exotic landscape and the emotional bond between two compelling outsiders. With every page drawn quite cinematically, Isola delivers an unbelievable job at world-building its fantastical scenery.

With the hunting clans closing in, Captain Rook leads the Queen to a city in ruins on a desperate mission to resupply. Unbeknownst to them, however, a new danger awaits within the broken walls—someone with a connection to Rook’s past!

Here are 5 reasons why you should read Isola #2:

5) What Happened Before!

In the first installment, the captain of the Royal Guard has fled the capital city with the Queen of Maar. Captain Rook has to carry on with his queen towards a location that may not even exist. Will they find salvation in the land of the dead?

4) A Fantastic Experiment!

Just like before, writers Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl  continue to experiment with the comic book medium. I love how the narrative slows down the pace as Captain Rook explores the ruins of the abandoned landscape. Notice how the pages suddenly become suspenseful when there is no dialogue.

3) The Artwork!

Notice how artists Karl Kerschl  and Msassyk capture the Queen’s expressive reactions through close-ups. In the opening pages, the reader can tell the Queen is haunted by the past, saddened by her memories. The flashbacks are hinted at, which adds to the flair of mystery.

2) The Colors!

Notice how the tiger’s skin reflects the ambiance of the environment. During nighttime, the tiger’s skin reflects the blue tones of the moon’s surface. When the sun hits, the skin turns to bright white hue.  

1) A Remarkable Work!

Overall, readers will be enamored by the dreamlike illustrations of Isola #2. I can’t wait to see how the story progresses in the third installment!



Three out of four emojis

Isola #2 arrives in stores on May 9th, 2018.

By Jorge Solis

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