Chosen #2 Review

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The penultimate issue of this mini-series is here, but do the talented people behind it succeed in delivering something that’s truly worthwhile?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

An original comic book series created by filmmaker Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pathfinder).

In Chosen #2, a Detroit teen’s mystical odyssey plunges down an even darker path after he breaks out of the juvenile detention center where he’d unwittingly been placed by forces far greater than anything he could have ever imagined. Now, although from his jail cell and the cruel indulgences of the warden, Ryan finds himself imprisoned by a prophecy that places him square in the crosshairs of a dangerous age old conflict between the forces of light and dark. Worst of all, the one mentor he’s had guiding him through a mystery he can barely conceive, may not be as noble as he seems and ultimately become the greatest danger Ryan will ever face.

What we have here is a story about a teenager that happens to be Chosen as he holds the fate of the world on his young and unsure shoulders.  In the best way possible the creative team embraces the corny details that plague the narrative therein while attempting to reveal a somewhat competent and compelling adventure.

Chuck Dixon and Gotham Chopra offer-up a simple script that tries to be a bit more complex than it really is.  The romp they’ve crafted is one that works on several levels as their main character, Ryan, deals with his unknown history and burgeoning skill set.  Ultimately there are quite a few cringe worthy bits of dialogue but overall this tale is more together than it seems, as a student and his teacher come to a bit of a crossroads.

Edison George is the standout of this release as his pencil work delivers on every possible level.  He brilliantly evokes a realistic style that covers the basics of human anatomy via some expertly handled renditions that will keep any reader thoroughly engaged.  His lines build a tremendously detailed world full of character that easily ebbs and flows with an infectious kinetic energy that builds all the way through the climax.

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Chosen #2 is a very good comic book that uses action, beautiful art, wonky dialogue and cornball antics to tell it’s narrative.  Recommended.


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