Review – Prototype 2 #6 – The Labyrinth Part 2

Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Victor Drujiniu
Inks: Jonas Trindade
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover: Victor Drujiniu, Jonas Trindade and Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

On the move Sergeant Heller springs into action to get away from this testing complex, determined to see family again and to know freedom once more. He scrapes up the allies he can and makes a break for it with everything on the line. No mutant or enemy will stand in his way and with that energy we launch into the final book as Prototype 2 launches to retail tomorrow.

We learn a little more about Heller in Part 2 of this story, he’s a one man army when it comes to survival, his reaction speed is quick and his intensity allows him to stand up even in the worst odds, as a character he’s a warrior. As with any noble figure there’s the test in extreme cases like this, what lengths will he go to reach the outside and how far does his humanity go? As for the rest of the book, it’s short-lived and a quick whiplash moment that sweeps Heller around and leaves him unsure of what just happened.

The Labyrinth is a weaker closing story than one would anticipate for a series like this, while there is some action and development for Heller as a character, we’re left with a handful of moral compass choices and family memories. It wasn’t the high point of the 3 stories that hit, mainly because of the fast introduction and decisions made for the closure. It’s a transition leaving you to wonder the rest of the story that Prototype 2 will bring when it arrives but for those who have bought into this mini-series it might leave a bitter taste after these last issues.

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

Review – Prototype 2 #5 – The Labyrinth Part 1

Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Victor Drujiniu
Inks: Jonas Trindade
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Victor Drujiniu, Jonas Trindade and Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The final chapter of Prototype 2 is here and we get a peek at the main character behind it all, Sergeant James Heller, a man who on patrol blanked out and found himself deep underground and subject to a new series of tests. This final installment closes out the gates before launching into the campaign of Prototype 2 this week, with no time to spare lets jump in and see what Dan Jolley has written for our last adventure in this connecting series.

Heller finds himself in a mysterious complex, the details are vague but one thing is clear. He’s on his own and his memories and wishes will be the only thing that drives him forward to survive this experience. Unfortunately much of the story rests on the actual survival instinct within his cell and his resourcefulness within this scenario over all else, flashing between his time with his family and present day. It’s a short burst at 12 pages but at 99 cents one would be hard pressed to demand more from it right now. For those hoping to see this as a critical connection point between the game and the story it’s hard to pitch this one, unlike the first two storylines, this doesn’t do very much to outline about Blackwatch, the city or the active story.

As an instlalment it’s much weaker than the previous books in the series, one has to hope that part of of the Labyrinth helps elaborate this story a bit more and makes it enjoyable as a connection. As it stands it’s relatively lacking in comparison to the rest of the saga so far.

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