Check out the construction of Stonehenge in this fantasy, sci-fi, and urban fantasy story! Can Merlin get the help he needs in the past to save his future? Find out in Stonehenge #2 by Image Comics!
Writer: Liam Sharp
Artist: Liam Sharp and Matylda Mccormack-Sharp
Colorist: Liam Sharp and Matylda Mccormack-Sharp
Letterer: Liam Sharp
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 10th, 2022
Previously in Stonehenge: Merlin is from the future where he is in a fight against the AI alien called The Cast. The only way to defeat him is with magic, and magic only exists in the past. Merlin went back to the past and met King Aurelius. Meanwhile, there is a present-day story featuring Amber, who is somehow connected to everything.
Stonehenge #2 starts with Amber meeting Daryl, an old friend. She then tells the reader how she moved from Sussex to California after her parents died in a crash. She met Daryl shortly after. In the present, Amber sleeps with Daryl before heading to the Devil’s Dyke in Sussex. In the past, King Vortigern and Hengist are captive to King Aurelius. Aurelius kills Vortigern as revenge for King Constantine III, Aurelius’s father. Aurelius then summons Merlin, and Merlin convinces the King to get the stones that would be Stonehenge, saying they are magical.
I did not read Stonehenge #1. In fact, my only reference was the Major Spoilers review posted last month. I only picked up Stonehenge #2 because I was shocked by the art quality when I went to skim through the pages. The art style changes when it depicts the past, present, or future in a sublime interpretation. The art was so good I was having trouble focusing on the words because some pages have paragraphs of dialogue. Since I didn’t read the first issue, I was lost with what was happening. This is inherently complex and convoluted, but I think it works. There is a ton of potential here to tell a wholly unique story. Great work by Liam Sharp.
I think Amber and Daryl were engaging characters. They seem so broken as people, but it didn’t feel like a burden for me as the reader. I am unsure how they fit into the overall story. Still, they bring humanness to a story featuring magic and robots.
BOTTOM LINE: ENJOYABLE
I think Stonehenge #2 will read best as a trade paperback. There is so much going on, and it feels complex and engaging. Non-conventional stories like these are right up my alley. This book is a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.