Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cover #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack - Comic Book Reveiw

From the publisher: Nazi-hunters? Escape artists? Some M.I.A. for decades? Exactly how long have comics creators been part of the intelligence community? Follow the latest recruit from the Comic-Con circuit as he falls in with this mysterious crowd. The secrets he uncovers about its legacy will shock and delight, well, just about everyone.

This whip-smart multimedia explosion by lifelong collaborators Brian Michael Bendis (writer of SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) and David Mack bring the worlds of spies and comics together in a loving mash-up that celebrates both. Fans of David’s multimedia comics work are in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

Cover #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack picks up where the first issue left off. Max Field, comic book writer and artist, has been recruited to the CIA by the mysterious Julia. His cover? Comic book writer and artist. With comic book conventions popping up all over the world, and Max's status as a "star", his career makes a natural cover. Plus, who would suspect a comic book guy of being a spy? And that's what this issue is about.

Max is going to Turkey for his first international comic-con and along the way he is given his first mission: pass along a trinket related to his comic series to the president of Turkey, whom he has the opportunity to meet as a guest of honor at the con. Simple enough, right? Bendis has used a framing device for this story, though, so we see right away that things haven't worked out; Max is tied to a chair, being interrogated about why he is in Turkey. What happened, why, and how he was found out form the basis of this issue, and probably one or two more.

Bendis nails the character of Max. He is curious, yet often naive. He is patriotic, but not excessively committed. The whirlwind of emotions that we would all feel upon being recruited by the CIA are on display. In fact, Max stands in a kind of everyman, letting the reader experience the events along with Max. The plot is cool enough, and Bendis is letting the story breathe slowly, not rushing things and turning Cover into just another action book.

Mack's art is beautiful, as usual. His style lends itself to the mysterious air that surrounds the CIA and Max's mission(s).

I really enjoy Cover, and issue #2 was terrific. I love the concept and the execution, and it is perfect for readers looking for something different from the normal superhero comics. Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack definitely have a hit on their hands, and it's still not too late to jump on.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Jinxworld in exchange for an honest review.

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