Review: Uncanny #2

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Weaver’s uncanny ability makes him uniquely adapted for a life of crime… but also makes him a target. Now, after one grift too many, he finds his list of friends as depleted as his credit rating. Hunted through the mean streets of Singapore, he finds an unexpected ally in the mysterious Maggie, the ticket to a new life… or a one-way trip to the morgue!

uncanny coverThe second issue of Dynamite’s second book in their new line of crime comics hits comic book stands today. Uncanny #2 is written by Andy Diggle with art by Aaron Campbell. Bill Crabtree handles colors with Simon Bowland providing lettering. This first issue started things off strong. Does the second issue keep the good times rolling, or was the first issue’s success just uncanny?

Weaver is trying to make sense of what happened after he got kicked off the plane last issue. He still owes a lot of money to Mr. Lee, but a mysterious woman named Maggie seemingly saved him from the clutches of Lee’s goons. He and Maggie made a clean getaway, but now he’s questioning whether Maggie really is his guardian angel or a trick Lee is using to capture him. Weaver goes on the run again and finds out he doesn’t have any friends left. When his last shot at getting out of Singapore hits a snag, he’s got nowhere else to run. Through it all though, Weaver’s ability to read people simply through skin contact has left him an outcast and alone. He may find out he isn’t quite as alone as he first thought, but is that a good thing?

Diggle writes another action-paced issue. We get a little more story progression, but this issue is Weaver still on the run trying to figure out what he’s going to do. There are some hints at Weaver’s abilities being very special and something everyone is after, but it’s still extremely mysterious. The conclusion’s big revelation seems to promise we’ll get a few answers as to what’s going on and why people are after Weaver next time. Campbell’s art is pretty solid. The first issue was almost entirely contained indoors. This issue offers up a little more outdoor activity and even more action. Campbell handles it well and really sells all the gunplay. Crabtree’s colors are a little different than the first issue. The change of scenery brings new colors, but at times some things and people look a little too plastic.

Bottom Line: Uncanny is a fast-paced thrill ride that has a hook that guarantees you’ll be back for more. Diggle has two issues of set-up, so hopefully we’ll get into meatier parts of the story now. Issue one blew you away and issue two keeps you entertained. 3.5/5

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