Story by: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Art by: Rod Reis
Published by: IMAGE Comics on June 25th, 2014
Review by: Owen Goodheart for #NerdSwag
C.O.W.L #2 carried the momentum that the debut of this series created. Issue two focused more on plot setup and character development than action, which is necessary for a second issue of anew series. The story follows more of the Patrol Division, Grant Marlow and Eclipse, than the Tactical Division. The first few pages of the book give an incredible insight into the relationship between Marlow and his son, as well as shedding light on the public opinion of him. We also receive a more in depth look into The Grey Ravens past, as well as the past of C.O.W.L itself. However, the past of C.O.W.L is completely contrary to the present position of C.O.W.L. To put it lightly, C.O.W.L is in trouble. Their financial situation with the city is becoming a real problem. Also, Geoffrey Warner still seems a bit suspicious to me. There is a solid action sequence in this book as well as scenes of great character development. We see a substantial transformation in Marlow in issue two as well. Also in this issue, John Pierce’s detective work is put to the test as he searches for answers as to why there was a C.O.W.L document in Skylancer’s apartment. But the real question is, how did Pierce land that pretty of a wife?
Higgins and Siegel have something here with C.O.W.L. It’s a fresh idea that is accompanied by intriguing characters. The art in this book is so incredible that I can’t even express it in words. The art is….nerdgasmic. Issue two is a sort of a bridge book for the series. My only gripes about this issue are that it was a tad slow in some parts, and we really saw no actual super abilities used. Tactical Division was virtually non existent in this issue. However, I still find Patrol Division to be more intriguing, so I digress. The book is just going to continue to get better. The only thing that would prevent it from getting better would be if Rod Reis were no longer artist, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
#NerdSwag Rating: 8.5/10 (Solid Buy!)
Review by guest contributor: Owen Goodheart | Instagram/Twitter: @Talon_Slayer
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