Written by Siike Donnelly
Art by Eric Ninaltowski
Colors by PeeJay Catacutan, Teo Gonzalez
Letters by Steve Wands
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
It seems like just yesterday I was reviewing the premier issue of this three-issue miniseries. Tempus fugit, right? But I am quite happy to be able to write up Mononmyth #2 for your reading pleasure. And where I thought that some pieces to the story were missing in the previous comic, this issue fills in a lot of the blanks. Spare me a few minutes and I’ll tell you all about it.
This issue begins further back than last time, back to time where we witness the archangel Uriel conversing with an unknown scribe. Unlike a common mortal scribe, however, this one’s transcriptions can be brought to life. And the consequences thereof are soon to be an issue, though it is not yet revealed in what way. I will say that once the scribe is identified, the reader is much more aware of the situation and the dangers inherent in his abilities.
Jumping closer to the original timeline, we bear witness to an exchange between Enoch and his father from several years ago that holds some significance in current events. Two pages later, the reader is returned to the original timeline to see Lucifer and several others standing in the aftermath of the events from the previous issue. This effectively brings us back to the primary story, a bit more informed and certainly more anxious!
When last we saw Lucifer, she was protecting the inhabitants of Eden. And while violence and anger were almost completely unknown there, the attacks from the fallen angels have certainly caused much alarm and fear. Seeking to rescue Enoch from the clutches of the marauding angels, Lucifer and two others follow him into the darkness.
Once finding Enoch, a great battle ensues between the defenders and the fallen. Wicked beasts are ridden by the fallen as they try to destroy the humans from Eden. Fortunately, the humans have learned to use their inner light to ward off the dark and even to fashion rudimentary weapons to defend themselves. They fight valiantly and eventually escape to return home. All but one of them, that is. And that poor human is changed, but I’ll leave that as a surprise…because it’s a doozy!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this issue but I have to say, Siike Donnelly has outdone himself with this one. The back story, the flashbacks and then the fantastic assault at the end all make up a distinctly epic second installment in this series. And if I had to pick one thing to say about Eric Ninaltowski‘s art, it would be that it’s even better than last time! Each panel has a life of its own and every character’s expression is spot on what you would expect from them. Not to mention the more progressive look of the panel layout is spectacular.
This is an exceptional book, from the retelling of an ancient story from a different angel…er, I mean angle…to the beautiful art throughout it all. It embodies what I look for in an independently published book. The subject matter might seem controversial at first but I encourage you to see it as the fictional work that it is. Take a chance on this and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely one of the best comics I’ve read this week.