The Wind Raider #2

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Creation & Writing: Richard Finney | Dean Loftis
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colour: Micah Farritor
Letters: David Hedgecock
Cover: Gabriel Hardman | Tim Kelly

Part Two

Joshua has been given a second chance at life and granted the gift of ki. However, while Tristan tells him a little about the power, he will not be his master. His plans still rest with hunting down Dagon. Joshua must set off to find his sister alone.

One issue left and I’m starting to get really worried. It doesn’t feel like it moved very far forward. The first issue felt very definite and concise in terms of progress and this issue seemed slow and sluggish. Yes, the connection was made between the marauders and dagon, which I expected. Yes, the conversation between Joshua, Tristan, and the handmaiden were interesting and lend itself to the story, but the information was already given as extras in the previous issues. I almost feel like most of that talk could have been used for something else, especially with one issue left. My greatest worry is the conclusion coming too fast with too many conveniences. How is Joshua going to master the ki in such a short time? As I said, I’m worried.

I really hope to find out about these ruins the marauders are talking about and the fabled sky city. What’s with the other ki warrior in that prison? I’m just not feeling too hopeful of getting satisfying answers to all this in such a limited number of pages. I can only hope for the best.

Despite my preoccupation of crappy-ending fears, I still enjoyed this issue and it’s wonderful art. This story along with Super Human Resources have put Ape on the map for me and I’m eager to check out some of their other books. Aside from that, I wouldn’t mind another run telling Dagon’s story and the fall of the ki order. I’m really intrigued with Evaine’s character and background and am sorry she’s dead.  It’s such an interesting setting and so much could be done with it. It’d almost be a waste to not do more with it.

One issue left. Will his sister be saved? Will Tristan get revenge? Probably. I just hate waiting.

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