Midnighter and Apollo 2 – The Light Goes Out by Steve Orlando; Artist – Fernando Blanco ~ Book Review by Lirtle

midnighter-and-apollo-2-cover-1Title: Midnighter and Apollo 2 – The Light Goes Out
Series:

Author: Steve Orlando; Artist – Fernando Blanco

Publisher: DC Comics

Cover Artist: ACO and Romulo Fajardo, Jr

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/02/2016

Length: Comic/Graphic Novel

Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction

Blurb:

Midnighter’s got Henry Bendix in his hands at last-but will he have to let him go in order to join Apollo’s battle against the deadly Mawzir?

My View:

One of the best things about this kind of graphic novel story is the over the top melodramatic ways of the villain. In this case, Bendix. Everything is either the best that ever existed in the history of existence, or the worst of the most horrible awful thing you could ever imagine forever and ever.

Normally, you’d have a “hero” as the other half to balance the scales but here, in Midnighter, we have more of an anti-hero who is forced into behaving as a hero in order to save someone’s life. A very important someone. Course, he works his way through this challenge in his own way, therefore partially maintaining his anti-hero bonafides.

This takes an unexpected turn in a just as unexpected way. I mean, we’re talking somewhat philosophical and mythical, even mystical if ya wanna go there. Interestingly, and in demonstration of good storytelling skills, the characters and their emotions remain the foci. Definitely more so than the first issue in this new series.

Me likey.

Gregorio, you intrigue me. I’m curious and I want to know more about you. The way you interact with Midnighter, especially regarding Apollo… it was a well placed slowing down of the action and worked to set up the next scenes.

The price is memory. Forget your lover and the wound will fill.

Ah, the melodrama of an awesomely gross netherworld sentient giant worm. 😉

The coloring feels muted, toned down, and it fits the tone for the ground covered in this part of the story.

This issue is a bit shorter than the first (at least it feels that way) and it would have benefitted from a few more panels to fill in some small gaps. That ending panel, though… ~ pumps fist ~

I had no idea where this was going after issue #1 and I’m liking the chosen path.

I can’t wait for issue #3, coming in December. I’m hooked. 🙂

Links

Midnighter and Apollo 2 – The Light Goes Out on Goodreads
DC Comics
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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3 thoughts on “Midnighter and Apollo 2 – The Light Goes Out by Steve Orlando; Artist – Fernando Blanco ~ Book Review by Lirtle

  1. So happy to see you reviewing this as this series is on my TBR list. I’ve just finished reading the first couple of volumes of The Authority so already love Midnighter and Apollo, and loved Midnighter’s appearance in Grayson.

    • Awesome, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the other series, too.
      It’s fantastic fun to be dipping my toe back into comics after all these years.
      If you have any other recs, or graphics you’d like to see reviewed, let me know. 🙂

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