Advanced Review – Gutter Magic #2
Gutter Magic #2 (of 4)
Writer: Rich Douek
Artist: Brett Barkely
Cover: Brett Barkely, Sean Von Gorman (variant)
Cinder really loves making people angry. We find Cinder and Blacktooth in the Goblin Market from issue #1, and facing Shiver and her goons. After some really deep talk about death, Cinder pulls out his magic pistol and puts a bullet in her head. It only angers her further, but Cinder and Blacktooth are able to get away. They meet up with a soul collector to find out more about Oppenheimer, and it leads them to Cinder’s cousin, Victor Byrnes.
Cinder isn’t the only one to crash the party. The Morgue is there in all her wickedness. She seizes the opportunity to catch Cinder, but through Victor. She takes a piece of his soul until he brings Cinder to him. Lets go down the list of angry people after Cinder, shall we? Shiver, her thugs, the Morgue, and now his semi-possessed cousin Victor probably. I hope all these things come back to bit our protagonists, but not too hard.
If I could get Rich Douek to make this an ongoing series, then I most definitely would. Even though its only a four part series, Douek paced it very well. Nothing is rushed, which makes me feel as if it could go on. I’m really getting used to Brett Barkely’s shading style. It us growing on me. Also, it is wonderful to see some pretty diverse background characters. Not just fantasy creature, but wizards and witches and magic persons of all colors. There was one sort of hiccup in which Barkely seemed to use a three-point perspective shot of Shiver. It seemed like just a squished body and large head, but it can be overlooked. Speaking of colors, Jules Rivera kept this issue nice and bright. It i clear to see his color palettes blending well on each page. One thing is for sure, I’ll never get over the architecture and city life as well as the diversified characters.