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Infestation 2 #2 [Review]

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Story: 2.5/5
Art: 2.5/5
Overall: 2.5/5

Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night #1 [Review]

Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Art by: Stuart Sayger
Colors by: Jay Fotos
Lettering by: Shawn Lee
Edited by: Denton J. Tipton
Cover by: Sam Shearon
Published by: IDW

In 1952, a photojournalist and her pilot have a rough landing a couple hundred miles south of the North Pole. Seeking shelter and to complete their mission–for the journalist to get the photos they flew here for–the two stumble across a fairly deadly gathering. Fleeing the fate of her pilot, the journalist finds herself in continued peril–as a deadly battle between vampires and an Elder God rages around her, with the Russian military seeking to deal with intruders, period. Her struggle for survival ends with a slight twist that seems to fit the issue in general.

The Vampire element in this story seems almost thrown in (given the title and all). It works, but doesn’t seem essential–they could almost be replaced by any sort of “cult” or group of people influenced by the nightmare of the Elder Gods. Having watched an episode of Mad Men the other day, I’m sort of struck by the contrast in the role a woman’s allowed to play in this story set years earlier. The female protagonist also unfortunately plays into the generic horror movie feel. If the character’s name was given, I don’t recall it as I type–she’s just there, speaking to the reader of the event she experienced.

The visual style of the issue is of dark and muted colors, and at points things seemed fairly surreal and hallucinatory. That certainly fit the story and the generic characters, and lent a clear tone to the story.

Overall, this was a pretty good horror-story one-shot officially set within the world of 30 Days of Night. You’ve got tentacled Elder Gods, typical non-sparkly/non-friendly vampires, and “normal humans” caught in-between. I have no idea if the characters are supposed to be significant to general continuity or not, but I enjoyed the issue well enough either way. This puts me in mind of some Aliens comics, where new characters generally seem to be introduced for any given story, set against the general backdrop of a world.

So, as with all the other Infestation 2 issues…I really don’t feel you need to know much more than the basic “concept” of the property to enjoy the Infestation 2 tie-ins; nor do these tread against the continuity of the individual properties. Established fan of 30 Days of Night or fans of the film or just picking this up as part of following Infestation 2 itself, this is worth buying. I almost prefer the single-issue nature of this to two issues, as one issue seems a taste or glimpse into the property, and two issues almost a tease compared to general done-in-one stories vs. “full arcs.”

Story: 6.5/10
Art: 7.5/10
Overall: 7/10

Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 [Review]

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Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 [Review]

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Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Infestation 2: Team-Up #1 [Review]

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Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Infestation 2: Dungeons & Dragons #2 [Review]

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Story: 3/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Transformers: Infestation #2 [Mini-Review]

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Rating: 3.5/5

Transformers: Infestation #1 [Review]

Written by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by: Nick Roche
Colors by: Joana Lafuente
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Edited by: Andy Schmidt
Assistant Editor: Bobby Curnow
Published by: IDW

Galvatron and his Decepticons battle the zombies that have infested the world. Partway into the battle, Optimus Prime and the Autobots arrive. Galvatron insists they stop fighting each other and focus on saving the world…but by way of the Autobots surrendering to him. Once Galvatron is neutralized, we find out that he’s encountered this threat before. As the Autobots consider their next step, they’re ambushed by someone ready, willing, and capable of giving them all a Really Bad Day.

The story seems really simple–robots vs. zombies. Except these robots are the Transformers…familiar figures likely far more familiar to readers than those that kicked off this “event.” It’s quite amusing–and more than fitting–that the leader of the Decepticons would want the Autobots to surrender to him, rather than throwing himself and his followers at mercy of “the good guys” as would be typical for a story like this.

I’m not familiar with this version of the characters–and I can’t help but wonder if Megatron is to Transformers comics what Shredder is to the original Mirage TMNT run. But as with the Infestation issue that kicked off this event…I don’t feel too lost jumping into this issue. Best of all, I still enjoyed this, even not paying much attention to which characters are which. At only 2 issues…we’re only going to get a glimpse into this world of the Transformers.

The art is strong, and seems to capture a bit of the feel of a cartoon as well as being a sort of adaptation of the “angular” take on the characters that doesn’t seem quite as “boxy” as I would expect. Still, no real complaint here, except that Optimus Prime put me in mind of something from Gundam (though in some ways, one humanoid-shaped robot is gonna remind one of another).

I’d sorta expected to see the CVR in this issue, rather than finding the Transformers in the midst of battle with the zombies. Of course, it actually makes sense that they’re not in this issue–they didn’t discover until after it’d been initiated that the Infestation had made it to other worlds, so they’re bound to show up in the next issue to explain things and deal with the threat to this world.

I enjoyed this issue overall, though I think I’ll enjoy it a lot more once the Infestation event is out in its entirety.

I’m quite pleased that this is its own two-issue mini-series: I can follow Infestation into what I assume is current Transformers continuity, but I’m not having to buy random issues of an ongoing series, tossed into the middle of an already-started story. Similarly, I think it’s probably good that being its own series, readers of the ongoing Transformers series are not forced to read the Infestation event or have the ongoing story interrupted for two issues.

Recommended reading. (For readers of the ongoing Transformers, though, I certainly recommend reading Infestation #1 before reading this.)

Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10
Whole: 8/10

Infestation #1 [Review]

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Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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