Review: The Illegitimates #2
The Illegitimates are assembled and identities revealed as Dannikor’s world-changing plot kicks into gear! Can these kids process their newly revealed parentage and, more importantly, get along long enough to embrace their legacies and save the planet from a zombified doom? And, hey, what about the Illegitimates’ moms…?
The illegitimate children of the world’s best superspy are called upon to save the world after their father’s death in the field. The Illegitimates are back this month with their second issue from writers Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam. Kevin Sharpe handles pencils, Diana Greenhalgh provides inks, Peter Pantazis tackles colors, and Thom Zahler rounds things out with lettering. The first issue was surprise hit, but how does the second issue fair?
The five illegitimate children of Jack Steele are out in the world doing their own thing. Each one has their own particular skills and areas of expertise, but not all of them are as well off as the others. They’re going about their normal, or at least what passes as normal, lives when they’re plucked up by Olympus. The spy organization figures now is a good time to tell them about their father since the offspring is needed to stop the evil Dannikor’s nefarious plot. Where the father failed, Olympus hopes the children can succeed. Olympus is pretty sure the kids are off to a good start since they’ve been looking out for them and nudging them in unseen ways their entire life. They don’t take this news easily and not all of the kids want in on the family business. Olympus needs their help since Dannikor’s plan is in the testing stages, but how can they get Steele’s children to agree to take on the mission?
Killam and Andreyko write a solid issue. This one oddly feels more like an expanded opening than an actual second issue though. The first installment saw Olympus decide to bring the kids in because they have skills. Now we see the skills reiterated and the kids actually brought in. There is some movement with Dannikor’s scheme, but it’s mainly assembling the team and trying to get them to agree to taking on the mission. There’s the classic trope of a few characters not wanting to do it before they get some unexpected motivation to do it. The first issue was a little more fast-paced and funny, but this one is a little more predictable and paint by the numbers. Sharpe’s pencils and Greenhalgh’s inks are still one of the book’s highlights. Things are very clean with some sharp line work and impressive backgrounds and character work. There’s a high level of detail to the entire affair. Things are elevated even further thanks to Pantazis’ colors, which makes things vibrant and really pop off the page.
Bottom Line: Illegitimates is a book with a lot of promise, it just needs to start diving into the characters deeper than what we can read on their bio pages. Things started out with a laugh and a bang, but this issue takes a small step back. There are is still four issues to go so there’s plenty of time. This is a solid book that’s worth keeping up with for now. 3/5