Teens are being abducted worldwide, but Liam Watts has a plan. Can he stop the alien crew and save his loved ones? Find out in Break Out #2 by Dark Horse Comics!
BREAK OUT #2 (OF 4)
Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Wilton Santos
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Editor: Spencer Cushing
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2022
Previously in Break Out: Alien cubes arrived on earth and scattered themselves all around the world. No one knew their intentions, and nothing could communicate or damage them. Then the cubes decided to abduct people but only targeted teenagers. The world has become complacent and resigned itself to its fate. But when Liam Watts’ brother is abducted, he comes up with a daring plan.
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Break Out #2 shows us the obstacles Liam’s team needs to overcome, and the crew begins to train. They must burn through titanium, jump impossible leaps, and somehow pay for everything. Liam is keeping the majority of his plan close to heart, and his activities are noticed by the government. When the government offers him help and resources, his crew begins to doubt him. They need to know every part of the plan, and Liam won’t give it. This causes Liam to try and do this mission by himself.
Omar follows him to convince him to talk to the crew. They believe in the mission, but they just need to understand the entirety of the plan. During this conversation, Omar is abducted, and Liam nearly gives up on everything. Only when Alana talks him into trusting the crew does he agrees to try again. The teenagers then prepare to be abducted.
THE TENSION IS HIGH
The script in Break Out #2 is excellent. The rising actions increase the tension just enough to make you want to turn the page. On top of that, it uses specific writing techniques to control the pacing so the reader can process the information being laid out. This is simply a beautifully written comic. And incorporates an incredible genre mash of the heist genre and science fiction. On top of that, the art and coloring are sublime as well. Great work by the creative team.
I spent a bit of time figuring out why Liam Watts was relatable to me. Liam treated his friends coldly and wanted to keep his plan secret. In fact, in a way, he would rather be alone. I wondered if this is how I would act once I could see my friends regularly. The isolation of the last few years mimics some of Liam’s feelings toward the situation. While I doubt this was the comparison Break Out #2 was trying to create, it does make Liam a little more relatable.
BOTTOM LINE: GREAT COMIC
I don’t have any complaints about Break Out #2, and it is going to be a phenomenal series. I can’t wait for the next issue. 5 out of 5 stars.
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Break Out #2
Break Out #2 is the perfect amalgam of excellent writing and detailed art.