Continental Among Men in John Wick #2
Written by Greg Pak
Artwork by Giovanni Valletta
Colors by David Curiel & Inlight Studios / Lettering by Tom Napolitano
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
When John Wick returns from a long absence from his profession, Charon introduces John the services and rules of the Continental. During their re-acquaintance, they are joined by a beautiful woman in white named Maria who offers some information to the man John is looking for. The man’s name is Pacos, and he has made a name for himself being a rogue agent who defies authority and professionalism. This is also the man who can bring John to the person who was responsible for leaving a city block and killing everyone in sight twelve years ago in Mexico. It’s Fancy Feast galore as my review of John Wick #2 barrels your way.
As I wait patiently for the third and final installment of the John Wick saga from Dynamite Entertainment, the issues are satisfying morsels as I wait in anticipation. The character John Wick has been portrayed as the tortured soul living a Samurai lifestyle. He can never have the happiness he once knew as a child, and the book reveals how he became the man he is now. What I find most interesting is not so much his background, but where he goes to rest and enjoy the comforts of home, The Continental. A hotel for assassins, murderers, and members of organized crime to take refuge and asylum with all the exotic amenities, in additional to free turn down service. The action is surprisingly normal as John makes short work of his opposition in order to bring out the big rat in the pack, a gut goes by the name of Buffalo.
Artwork / Coloring / Dialogue
The dark silhouette of characters walking in godforsaken places that only cats wonder keep readers guessing as to what’s going to happen. There are also flashbacks that go into some detail of what John Wick endured as a child. The look of John as he gazes into infinity is well drawn. Each stress line chiseled on his face gives his absolute personal conviction for payback as the memories of that fateful day flood through John’s mind. Vengeance lives in a black suit, black tie, and wearing a bloody white shirt, and his name is John Wick.
In closing, most would agree, John Wick depicts why someone might go all out and kill for a profession. The director of the film, Chad Stahelski is an artist when it comes to action sequences. It is relentless, provocative, shocking, and bit funny. In addition, John Wick is the modern-day anti-hero. He takes his job seriously with a knack for professional courtesy that generates a name and respect from others. The comic series takes this ordinary man with a unique set of skills against those who take killing the innocent for personal gain. John acts from his heart which drives him to complete his mission. John is the ultimate equalizer. Next issue of John Wick issue #3 coming soon.