Review: Myth #2
After years of battling a wicked headmistress, young Sam has escaped his orphanage for a life far from adults. What he finds instead is a fallen kingdom of fantasy hidden in a nearby forest. Within the bizarre landscape Sam befriends the perfect sidekick in a solitary giant. Armed with his massive new friend, Sam heads out to rescue his fellow orphans and bring justice to their headmistress once and for all. But as his quest begins, something far more sinister awakens in the forest.
A couple of months ago we featured a review of a book called Myth that was set up for a good cause. The first issue was released on Comixology and the proceeds of the book were going to ChildHelp.org to help abused and neglected children. It was a great introductory issue (you can read the review here) for a pretty interesting series. Today we’ve gotten a look at the second issue which will be released tomorrow. The story is written by Mike Loniewski with art by Dan Lauer. E.T. Dollman provides lettering.
The story picks up after Sam and his giant friend liberate the orphanage where he and his friends were being mistreated by the evil old lady named Morrison. The police are taking all of the kids from the orphanage and finding them proper homes and parents. Sam is sitting on the hill watching all of this unfold. You can tell he’s feeling hurt and abandoned, but he’s telling himself he’s just hurt they aren’t thankful to him and his giant buddy for their heroics. He and the giant go back to their new home and play a little baseball. When the giant sends the ball flying, Sam finds himself trying to sneak onto someone’s property to retrieve the ball. This sets him on a collision course with Anne. Anne knows something is up with Adam and the giant. She actually has a history with the big man. As Anne tries to learn more about the duo, they decide to further their careers as crime fighters. When they try to stop a bank robbery, Sam gets hurt. With nowhere else to turn, the giant takes Sam to Anne’s. It’s there that we learn more about the giant and the mysterious forest adults warn children about. There’s a world of magic and fantasy that lived in the woods. A war with an evil witch queen resulted in that world being cut off from our world. If someone wonders into the forest, they could result in the witch’s army rising again. Sam and the giant are in more trouble than even they know.
Loniewski writes a good script. We get a lot of explanation about the world we saw teased at the end of issue #1. The relationship between Sam and the giant is furthered, and the addition of Anne adds a new element that really explores Sam’s feelings of neglect. There’s a lot going on in this issue, and Loniewski keeps all the plates spinning. Lauer provides some great art. His cartoon-y style really works with the story and makes Sam look very innocent and precocious, as he should be. His unconventional panel layout does seem to make things run together on a few pages. It makes things seem pushed up together and cluttered with the free flowing page format he’s going for.
Bottom Line: Myth #2 takes an already good story to another level. The addition of the fantasy elements seem natural with the other story elements. That’s a hard balance to achieve, but Loniewski pulls it off wonderfully. Myth is definitely one you should check out 4/5