Knight Errant: Escape #2
Knight Errant: Escape #2 (of 5)
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Penciller: Marco Castiello
Inker: Vincenzo Acunzo
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré
Escape continues with issue two, but the question remains: escape from what? This issue dug in pretty deep with the storytelling. Some light was shed on Kerra’s past, while more mystery wells up around her parents. Yet overall, more questions are raised than answered.
From issue one, we already knew Kerra was on a hunt for her parents. That mission continues as she heads into the caverns of Sarrassia. There Kerra learns that her parents might still be alive and she gets a clue where to look next. She also runs into Aunt Zoojoo, a strange looking alien that may or may not be a Woostoid.
Odion doesn’t appear except for a flashback, which leaves the protagonist role in the hands of the Novitiates. They’re led by a Tarro named Yulan who seems to have quite the attachment to life considering the beliefs of his fellow death seekers. And while we’re on that subject, I rather liked the Sith Kubaz that was thrown into the mix. He wasn’t really developed as a character, but I’m a lover of aliens and this issue had a wide variety.
While the story is certainly expanding, there are still a lot of questions on the table. We now know the circumstances of how Kerra ended up alone. We know her parents didn’t die, at least not when she was a child, and that they’re connected to the Helm of Ieldis. We also know that the next issue will be heading back to Skarpos and Lord Malakite’s horde of mutants. But the reader is left to ponder the motivations of Kerra’s parents as well as Kerra herself. Will she really lead Odion to the Helm?
Whatever happens, Escape has some promise, and I’m looking forward to seeing Malakite and his bizarre Sith back in action. All of the questions stirred up in this issue have me anxious to see how things will turn out. However, Escape #2 wasn’t anything earth shattering. It was entertaining, but it felt more like a layover on Sarrassia while Escape waits for its connection flight back to Skarpos. The art is a mix of some good stuff and some normal stuff, but having checked out Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, I now feel spoiled when it comes to comic art. It’s going to be hard for the art team of Knight Errant to compete with the likes of Agustin Alessio. Regardless, I give Knight Errant: Escape #2 a three out of five metal bikinis. It does have one hell of a cover.