ADVANCE REVIEW: Tomorrow Jones #2
After reading issue #1, Tomorrow Jones had a lot of potential. It’s nice to see that just a few months later, it’s clear it’s starting to realize that potential.
#1 was all about introducing Tomorrow Jones and her world. With all of that out of the way, we can get to the meaty character development. Tomorrow is much more likable this time around. She’s equal rebellious and logical, something that is a rarity amongst teen heroes. She wants to be a superhero, but understands what her parents are saying. There are also some hints into what the world of Tomorrow Jones is like. It seems like there are more unmasked superheroes than there are masked. An interesting change of pace. Brian Daniel, the writer, throws around a lot of sci-fi story points when giving Tomorrow’s mother a backstory, but doesn’t harp on it. He gives the necessary information then moves on. The big fight scene works as a nice bonding moment for mother and daughter. The inner monologue is written well. It builds on the previous issue, and how much training Tomorrow has gone through. It would have been unbelievable to have her suddenly wail on a massive villain.
The biggest thing in the win column for Tomorrow Jones #2 is the family dynamic. Much like the Fantastic Four, it feels real. Family members get in fights, and listen to one another. I love me some superheroes fighting, but give me a side order of family disfunction, and we have a great comic. By the end of the fight, the reader can feel the connection Tomorrow and her mother feel. Quite a bit happens in this issue, but it doesn’t feel cramped. The dodgeball scene could have been eliminated as it doesn’t add much to the story. It would have given the comic more time to focus on Tomorrow’s school given her big development. There is a quick line about superhero costumes and how they show off a lot of skin, which worked really well. Tomorrow isn’t the normal female superhero, so I guessed that she wouldn’t want to wear a costume like her mother. But to have the conversation come up naturally in the heat of the moment worked very well.
Manadin’s artwork is good, but still has the same problems as #1. First off, it’s a little cheesecake, but not as bad as last issue. Tomorrow has the physique of an 18 year old, but the story calls her 14 multiple times. While it’s probably on purpose, as the book is trying to make a point about female superhero costumes, it still seems a tad off. Her parents look the same age Tomorrow, which is a simple thing to fix. The fight scene is a hard hitting piece of comic art. There is a real fear in Tomorrow’s eyes when the villain his hitting her stomach. Manadin adds gives characters anime type eyes, so they are very expressive.
Tomorrow Jones is an indie comic that should be getting more attention. It has a few bumps, but it seems to be working through them fast.
Tomorrow Jones #2 gets 4/5.