by Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley and Kyle Latino
Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley’s Prime-8s is back with a long awaited second issue. After the first chapter came out strong, the second issue presents a bit more color to the characters of the once-famous Prime-8s. It is a different world, and these former heroes are trying to understand just where they fit, with some even looking to reunite.
Mandrill, the Prime-8s leader, opens the story with a recounting of a dream he has had. It’s a well written sequence and an unsettling one at that. Moreci and Seeley in just a few panels are able to communicate the character’s maladjustment and through the following pages it is quite clear that there is some mysteries to this world. Certain phrases, choices on communication as well as some misinformation about missions call into question the history of these characters. Who were they being used by? To what end?
As Mandrill continues to struggle with his sense of purpose in this world, the other teammates continue to formulate their plan to return to fighting, whether secretly or publicly. There comes the question of nobility as a costumed hero challenges any vigilante to unmask. This tactic is a familiar one in super hero stories. If these heroes are so honorable, what are they hiding? It is not that this story element has been used, but how Moreci and Seeley will use it here that is of interest. With the team already torn apart by history, how will this added complication impact the heroes?
Moreci and Seeley close out the issue with a scene featuring the nemesis, Dr. O. The villain of the series seems to be crafted with the intention of capturing the classic Saturday-morning-cartoon villain aesthetic. He monologues and swears vengeance on his foes. It is a fitting sinister conclusion to a series that seems very intent on paying respect to this type of super hero story. In that way, this book is really entertaining. It offers glimpses of great characterizations and a bit of depth while still boasting a great bit of fun.
Likewise, Kyle Latino’s art is a great match for the series. The book’s cover is absolutely gorgeous. Inside, the book utilizes a lot of bright, primary colors, with the heaviest being it’s yellows. The character designs and coloring definitely promote a sensation of a silver age comic book. Matching that with the tone of the writing, Latino’s presentation is instantly approachable and lively. Though the flashback sequence of a hazardous mission is a bit confusing to follow, the book still is well worth reading. Prime-8s in just two issues, has given readers a lot of intrigue, an arch-enemy and enough entertainment to hold readers over even if it is a little bit until the next chapter.