Thanks to AWA Upshot for the review copy!
What began as a spy revenge story with a sci-fi twist has shifted to a cat and mouse story. The American Ronin is a mysterious spy-type guy who is out for revenge against the type of shadowy corporate world puppet masters that we have come to love to hate in this genre. The twist is, his nanotech allows him to inject DNA into his system to feel others’ emotions. That twist is what set the first issue apart from other similar stories.
The second issue spends more time with the creepy pale guy who showed up briefly at the end of the last issue. He apparently has similar powers, and the focus on him shifts the book to more of a cat and mouse game between him and the Ronin. While I’m reserving judgment, I found myself preferring the pages that focused on the Ronin. He is enigmatic and more interesting – we still don’t know why he wants revenge. The other guy is more of a standard amoral creepy bad guy.
While this issue lacks the big set piece action sequences of issue 1, the innovative page design continues to be a strong point. The varied panel sizes and shapes really add energy to the pages. Some of the psychedelic panels are kind of confusing, but in most of the cases, that is the point.
AMERICAN RONIN’s high concept, cursing, and violence lead me to recommend this title for adults. I also recommend starting with issue 1, as you will likely be confused if you start with this installment.
AMERICAN RONIN #2 will be released on November 11th.
Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on the third issue of this series.
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