Saturday, September 14, 2013
Issue Review: Captain Midnight 2
This second issue is packed full of interesting scenes, with some good action but also some decent character development. Charlotte continues to be a favorite of mine, with a strong personality and plenty of "street smarts." Captain Midnight remains a bit of an enigma -- he's pretty hot-headed, which makes me wonder just how exactly he survived as long as he did in World War II. Agent Jones is more interesting this issue. He is still working for the government but he's smart, and he thinks for himself rather than just following orders. He's also a bit of a hot-head, and I like how Marshall keeps stepping in to calm things down and stop Jones from going overboard.
One thing I'm not sure I like about this series so far is how ordinary all the names are. Last names like Jones, Ryan, and Johnson are not only rather bland but they are also so generic as to be indistinguishable. Several times I did a double-take seeing Jones and Johnson mentioned, as I'd begun to mix up their names. Williamson should have done a better job of coming up with names that are a little more unique to help readers with this new set of characters.
Fury Shark, on the other hand, is making a pretty good villain. She's smart, competent, and completely ruthless. I like that she turned the tables on Midnight, capturing him in the same place where he defeated her father all those years ago. And it was a nice twist that Fury put Charlotte out in the snow against the polar bears to get back at Midnight. I'm curious to see how Charlotte gets out of that one.
The art was once again fairly solid in this issue. The layouts are conventional, which is not a bad thing -- they don't distract from the story. The backgrounds are generally good, and both action and quiet scenes are drawn with equal skill. Dagnino inks his own work, and does a very good job of it once again.
Overall, this was a reasonably good story with very good art, and it definitely held my interest. The opening story arc supposedly concludes on issue 3, and I can't guarantee how much longer I will keep up with this series, but it's good enough that I will certainly at least get the next issue... and I may well put it on my pull list after that.
My score: 8/10