The Midnighter discovers who he was before he became the Midnighter and attempts to reconnect with his roots in a small middle American town that's been taken over by an international force of mercenaries....
|Title||:||Midnighter, Volume 2: Anthem|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
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Midnighter, Volume 2: Anthem Reviews
It's rare that I make particular note of the art in one of the comics I'm reading. I think part of this stems from the fact that I started reading comics later in life, so I'm still catching up in terms of my graphic literacy.But the truth be told, I'm a texty person. I'm a story guy, so I guess it's natural for me to focus more on the words than the pictures.But the graphics did catch my eye here, and, unfortunately, not in a good way. I read one page where one of the panels had been cut and pasted again and again. And while it wasn't in a fight (people were just sitting on a bench and talking) it was still odd and distracting to have a woman sitting in panel after panel with the same fixed grin on her face when she was supposed to be having a conversation. The anthem story, which comprises the majority of this volume, was quite good. But the comic that leads off this collection was confusing more than anything. I know what they were trying to do (tell a story backwards) and I respect that they were attempting to do something new and different... but the execution simply didn't work. It almost seemed like they started out with a kinda mediocre Midnighter story, then rearranged the pages in an attempt to make it exciting. So yeah. I enjoyed it. But this volume had some problems.Does that mean you should skip the series? No. It's good. And this comic was good too. It's just that I can't be entirely, whole-heartedly gushy about this particular piece of the series. That said, the next volume is very solid, and since it's a continuation of this storyline, you really need to read this one before that....
I have recently become a fan of Midnighter on the back of Steve Orlando's run and I am now going back over the history of midnighter to find out more about this character.Midnighter is an interesting character combining being probably the most lethal man alive with being gay and you have a very interesting mix. Culturally Midnighter is an important character, showing that you can be gay and absolute badass is something you don't get to see in any media let alone comics.In this book the villain Anthem is also very clever, a state built on fear that aims to control the populace to bring law and order, an old trope done in a different way. Anthem make the mistake of going after Midnighter and like all before and after them will love to regret it - that's if they live at all.
Not bad thing to read after the Ennis run with this one. Nice sleek art, nice violent story.
The central premise sounds thin and unpromising, but it genuinely works, allowing insight into Midnighter as a man without ever compromising his essential integrity; he is neither watered down nor weakened by the exploration - very hard to pull off, so kudos. And "Anthem" are bizarrely interesting enough in their own right to make the story highly enjoyable.
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Giffen to me has been a comedy writer - a good one at that, parodizing the genre damn well. So to see these examples of his hard-hitting, tightly written, well-paced stories is still surprising - but a surprise I'll welcome any day of the week. A master at work is a sight to behold.
I actually liked it a lot. I wasn't able to put it down and go to bed so I stayed up till almost 2 hours past my bedtime since it was late when I started it...