Sometimes you need to get away from your situation. Sometimes you need a new identity. Leblanc helps people fake their death and set up a new life in Second Chances #1 by Image Comics!

SECOND CHANCES #1

Writer: Ricky Mammone
Artist: Max Bertolini
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 18th, 2021 

Previously in Second Chances: If you need a new identity and have cash, a referral, and a good reason to start over call the Second Chances Hotline! On the phone you will meet with Leblanc who will help you out.  Come check out this action-packed, bizarre-noir, psychedelic story!

AN OLD CLIENT

Second Chances #1 opens with Leblanc getting a phone call from Paul who made a mistake. When Leblanc comes to see him, there is a bunch of bodies and a gun in Paul’s hand. Paul asks him to talk to Emily and puts a gun to his head but before he could kill himself, he is attacked from his window by assassins. Leblanc makes a quick escape and heads to Paul’s mansion. Meanwhile, Emily is working at a dead-end job she doesn’t like and gets a call from a Miss Nobody. When she talks to her boss about it, her boss brushes her off. Emily decides to hack his boss’s computer and finds an e-mail from Miss Nobody. She leaves and is ambushed in the parking lot where she is injected with a drug.

Back at Paul’s house, Leblanc notices that there is blood on the door and floor and enters with caution. He sees Emily putting bodies into body bags. From Emily’s perspective, she sees a demon coming forward and tries to shoot Leblanc. Leblanc is able to disarm and knock out the drug-induced Emily. He then receives a weird phone call from a person from his past.

LOTS OF QUESTIONS

I really liked that Second Chances #1 forces you right into the action. Immediately you are placed into the conflict between Paul and Leblanc and the reader is trying to figure out what is going on. Without much context, you are stuck looking for clues on who Leblanc is and what he is trying to do. While we do get inner monologues that explain some things, many things are still up in the air. This book doesn’t hold your hand through the plot line. The creative team trusts the reader to figure things out rather than presenting it in an obvious way. While sometimes I do like the easier books to read, this one does a great job with what it is trying to do.

The art in this book is really cool. The black and white shading gives a very noir feel but it has an incredible amount of detail on every page. The complexity of the story matches the complexity of the art. Great ideas from the creative team here.

BOTTOM LINE: DYNAMIC

This is a new book with a unique style. While it is too early in the series to predict everything that is going on, the hook really grabbed me in. Second Chances #1 is a good 4 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next issue.


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Second Chances #1 presents dynamic art and writing that hooks you right into this complex plot.

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Christopher Rondeau is a storyteller based in Tulsa, OK. Finding himself with little work, he ended up creating a job as a Game Master full time on the internet. Chris spends most of his days reading everything he can, writing bad fiction, and watching old Digimon cartoons with his daughter. Sometimes you can find him Dungeon Mastering a podcast or streaming on twitch. Recently, he has completed his Master's degree with a focus on collaborative storytelling. Find out more at https://rondeaucreator.com

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