KINGSWAY WEST #2 – Review
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Mirko Colak
Cover Artist: Mirko Colak
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Greg Pak’s new, interesting and original series ‘Kingsway West’ returns for its’ second issue with its high quality writing and beautifully detailed art.
The comic book opens in a flashback showing off Kingsway Law and his wife Sonia in a romantic scene, which displays the softer and loving side of the protagonist, as well as, creating more affinity towards him from the reader. The comic quickly returns to the bloody present where Kingsway Law and Ah Toy discuss their upcoming journey. Kingsway Law wishes to find his missing wife Sonia whilst Ah Toy wants Kingsway Law’s help in defending her village. This discussion highlights the growing personalities of the characters and also digs deeper into the lore of Greg Pak’s story. This sequence also shows off the talent of artist Mirko Colak with the various, highly detailed facial expressions of the characters.
The comic then proceeds to reintroducing the established villains from the first issue who are investigating the deaths of the soldiers killed by Kingsway Law. It is here where the mysterious and magical side of this story comes to life and the villain’s intentions are brought out to the forefront. The art truly realises the grotesque and dark world of Kingsway Law; the use of silhouettes in some of the panels genuinely create great horror.
The final act of the story consists of a search for Sonia and a bloody yet epic climatic battle. The comic does not give you time to breathe until the ground is riddled with corpses and the battle has ended. Finally, the story ends with a cryptic scene that instantly makes the reader want to follow up on the story.
Overall, Kingsway West #2 was truly a superb follow up to the new series. It retained the tightly written storytelling, beautiful art, compelling and complex characters and brutal action.