Review – Prototype 2 #2 – The Anchor Part 2

Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Paco Diaz
Coloring: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Paco Diaz with Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

After having his solitude broken, Alex ventures to save the ones he’s bonded with in his snowy escape. Unfortunately what he’s sought to protect might not be as pure as he thought, in fact it’s only weight to his struggle to bond with humanity after being evolved. The story loses speed in issue 2, focusing on histories and going into detail about how Alex tries to get by in these infiltration situations while going full circle on the story of everyone involved. In this issue we figure out why Alex is screwed for finding redemption in humanity, we also see the outcome of this mini plot and unfortunately while it was starting to get good we’re moving to other areas in this bridge series.

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Alex has his crusade cut short, learning more about Flint he realizes the man he seeks to protect is an incarnation of evil, torturing and destroying people for greed. The men he’s been disassembling in the compound are small fries compared to the retired kingpin he was residing with. The impact drives Alex over the edge and sends him on revenge directed in all ways, minus Autumn, he has to save her from the horrors that her father brought forward during his time and the corruption within him. Unfortunately Alex realizes he’s entirely too optimistic about humanity and those he thought he was close with. The dawn of judgement comes forward and few if any will escape the wrath.

The Anchor Part 2, continues vivid artwork and graphic detail in each panel, the melee assaults and action sequences drive the intensity of the story. The color and ink keep the tones limited to the moment with night sequences, explosions and wilderness teams without bleeding into a single pattern. Overall it’s a great read to grab for 99 cents especially if you’re interested in a mini-series to hold you over for the next month.

Release Date: February 29th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Prototype 2 #1 – The Anchor Part 1

Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Paco Diaz
Coloring: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Paco Diaz with Michael Atiyeh
Designer: David Nestelle
Assistant Editor: Brendan Wright
Editor: Dave Marshall
Publisher: Mike Richardson
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Twelve months since the events of Prototype we step into a mid-story to connect the past arc to the future game, it’s a confusing time for Alex Mercer but we get a taste of the struggle he’s been trying to cope with since the release of the Blacklight virus in New York. Savior to the city or not for stopping a nuclear blast he’s at odds with the massive destruction he unleashed getting there with untold numbers of slayings.

Alex takes us into Part 1 of The Anchor to share his take on the events since then, a search for himself or what he could even call himself as he wanders the world hoping to reconnect with the human race again. Unfortunately he finds more questions than answers and his own resolution comes into question, why is he driving so hard to attach himself to this world and what does this help or support actually do to help these people? His travels bring questions of greed and self-preservation over the love of neighbors, friends or a community, that even in the worst of cases he still fails to see that redemption he desires from the humans to gather together and rise up as one.

All is not lost for Alex, as the title indicates, there is some hope. In seclusion he finds a new take on life that drives him back to that hope for restarting his life again without all the blood on his hands that he had grown accustomed to. Unfortunately fate could not be so kind to allow for such things and it all starts to go south, Alex finds that even in the most removed locations the corruption still finds a way to reach him in some form as those that he now holds dear face threats and extermination.

As a digital release the book is short, 14 pages including the cover work leave a lot to be desired given the shifts from Prototype to Prototype 2, the art is solid and detailed but the plot development doesn’t have time to move so casually. When hitting the final page I had to double-check to be sure that was really all there was in this first chapter, for 99 cents it is hard to hold such a thing against it, the only gripe would be the end of the issue hitting like a brick wall as the pace quickens once again. Fortunately the series is on a 2 week release schedule to keep everyone glued in for more.

Release date: February 15, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Atom invades Comic-Con 2010!

Atom.com is hitting Comic-Con hard this year with screenings of new shows and new returns. Legend of Neil – Season 3 and The House that drips blood on Alex will both be screening with panels at SDCC this year.

Details on both events:

The House That Drips Blood On Alex” Screening And Panel On Saturday, July 24

From 7:30-8:30 P.M. With Cult Movie Legend Tommy Wiseau (“The Room”), Co-Stars Joey Greco (“Cheaters”), iJustine (Justine Ezarik) And Director Brock LaBorde

“Legend of Neil – Season 3” Screening And Panel On Saturday, July 24

From 8:30-9:30 P.M. With Creator Sandeep Parikh, Stars Tony Janning, Mike Rose, Felicia Day (“Red,” “The Guild”)And Moderator Alex Albrecht (“Totally Rad Show,” “Diggnation”)

Each Q&A will follow the screening to ensure no one misses out. For those who can’t get in on these screenings or panels, the cast and crew will be available at the Atom.com/Spike TV booth (#3345). Posters, masks and more will be available to those who pass through.

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