Invasion: Revelations #2
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Colin Wilson
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Cover Artist: Chris Scalf
(Attention Reader: Since this is the second issue of the second arc of this series, expect spoilers)
Invasion: Revelations #1 kicked things off with a slow start, but the second issue cranks things up with a heavy dose of action. There are some story elements going on as always, as well as some nice art, yet the dominating theme was violence. There are Imperials attacking ships in space, Imperials attacking innocents on the ground, and when the tables turn, the Imperials start to die in droves. Two aspects of the carnage really caught my attention as a reader. Number one, it was unexpected, quick, and shocking. Things were going along as you would expect and then all the sudden there is blood and gore. Now the blood and gore was not on the scale of say Red Harvest, but then again blood is an uncommon sight in Star Wars, and it looks oh so vivid on bright white Stormtrooper armor. Regardless the violence happened very fast, like a brutal lightning bolt, leaving the characters to stand in awe of what they’ve done. The level of the violence also raises some very interesting questions for the story to answer in the next issues.
The other aspect was more a fun observation. There are two key scenes that really illustrate how much fun the artist Colin Wilson must have been having when drawing this issue. In one scene Tom Taylor must have called for “a lot of Imperials.” So what’s Colin do? Why he doesn’t just draw a lot of Stormtroopers complete with AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s, he draws a veritable ocean of Imperials. There are so many Imps in the scene that they turn the green hills white. Yes, there are actually white hills of formed from a vast legion of Stormtroopers. Might it be a little over the top? Sure. But it also gets the point across to the reader that the good guys have just walked into an “oh crap!” moment and the Imps mean business. Plus it’s just plain fun and doesn’t detract from the story in any way.
Later on Colin takes another stab at the same issue. In this scene Tom must have said “okay, this time I need a lot of Imperial officers.” In response Colin filled the room with over 32 Imperial officers (yes, I counted) in a tightly packed banquet hall. Nice and snug, like a barrel full of rats. Enter one very enraged queen whose just seen one of her subjects killed by the Imperials because the child disobeyed an order, and you have a bloodbath just a few panels away.
My one complaint about this issue is really nothing more than an observation. The Invasion series has one really good strong point that hurts it on an individual issue basis. Some series like Legacy try to aim for self-contained issues where each one tells a little story that starts and ends with the issue while also telling a larger story. For the most part that formula works but the larger story suffers a little bit. Invasion on the other does the opposite. The way the story flows is perfect for a graphic novel. The scenes bounce around to various characters and the comic takes the time to do build ups and character developments. The individual plots are not rushed for the sake of fitting more stuff into an issue, and in the end, when the arcs are read in their entirety, it comes out as a very stunning graphic novel. The downside is that reading each issue can feel brief. Still, Revelations #2 does a good job with the briefness by bringing action, laughs, and a good story. I therefore give it four out of five metal bikinis.