By Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart and Betsy Gonia
When you have an outstanding first issue to a series, having a good follow-up can be challenging. Postal’s first issue was pretty flawless and began to shine a light on the corruption of small town life. As issue two hits stands we get the chance to see if the story can keep up with the successful debut issue.
Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins continue to craft their tale of the people who live in the small town of Eden, Wyoming. This issue they really flesh out more of the supporting characters in the town and we see that not all of them are as good as advertised. The writing duo should also receive some props for using the song Whiter Shade of Pale in the issue. Even though they go with the Percy Sledge cover version over the original by Procol Harum, the song plays an instrumental (lame pun) part in the issue. Hill and Hawkins also give us background on Mark’s father and why he isn’t in the picture anymore. The more the writers give us about the town and its residents, the more dirt we seem to dig up. Hill and Hawkins succeed in giving us a compelling follow-up issue that leaves us interested in what will happen next month.
The pencils are handled by Isaac Goodhart with colors by Betsy Gonia. This is another fantastically drawn issue by Goodhart. His lines are just so smooth and the attention to detail really makes this an even better book. Goodhart gives us panels of everyday things that a reader isn’t used to seeing on the page and that is its own kind of cool. The colors by Betsy Gonia are also superb. She really works well with Goodhart and allows his pencils to leap off the page with her touch. Overall, the art in this book has been some of the best on any book in recent memory.
Postal #2 did not disappoint by any means and probably added to the wonderfulness of the first issue. Hawkins and Hill are writing one of the most underrated books on the shelf. Isaac Goodhart is crushing it in the art department and is laying down pencils that are rivaled by very few people in the industry. Postal is definitely worth a read!