Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review - The Intrepid #2-3

"No one believes in God in San Miguel..."

Bars in small towns are pretty boring. They're usually rife with drinking games, interlopers and general debauchery. It's not often that they play host to supernatural agents appearing and looking for trouble. Trouble that's found in The Intrepid #2-3. The issues are written by Jose Loeri, illustrated by Montos and lettered by Oval.

In The Intrepid #2, the series hero Paxton heads to Mexico to get help for his mission. He does manage to find an ally named BamBam and the duo hold off a couple of superpowered special agents threatening the peace of a Mexican bar. This continues over to the third issue somewhat, despite it primarily focusing on the past history of some of the characters and where the present characters get their powers. All in all, there's a lot of mystery surrounding the fighting abilities of many of the characters showing up in otherwise sleepy towns.

The script moves along pretty briskly, offering up a story that is one-part superhero and one-part Men In Black. Loeri's characters fit familiar stereotypes, which makes it easier for the reader to keep up with the fast-paced action. The two issues together shed more light on the entire story as a whole, one that Loeri is definitely infusing with plenty of potential. There is some mystery surrounding the influx of powers into some of the characters and hopefully Loeri will take some time to explore that to greater detail down the road. The bulk of the third issue focuses on one character in particular who seems to have the chance to become a pretty big bad when it's all said and done, which gives the book what appears to be a villain.

The art by Montos is all black and white, but does evidence some detail throughout. Action scenes are handled pretty deftly and--despite the black and white--manage to effectively convey the action without getting too muddled. There's an abundance of gore and violence in the book as well, something that is mitigated somewhat by the black and white tone of the book. There's a grittiness in the characters that comes with spending their days in a small town for instance, which is something that Montos captures very well to help encourage the reader to assume that things aren't getting any better any time soon. Panel layouts are pretty creative, offering a wide variety of panel sizes, shapes and styles to carry the story.

The Intrepid #2-3 are two issues that offer some rather interesting plot points, all of which have potential to build towards something larger. The concept of normal humans being given superpowers certainly isn't anything new, but there is something of a twist in The Intrepid #2-3 that makes it feel unique. Loeri's dialogue is pretty evenly paced and has one drawback in the lack of Spanish translation, but that doesn't take away from the overall book. Montos' illustrative style is pretty gritty and fits the story appropriately. The two issues pick up the pace of the story and really get into the thick of things, offering readers an intriguing plot buoyed by plenty of action and fighting.

The Intrepid #2-3 are available now.


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