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Review – Night Owl Society #2

Night Owl Society #2

 Night Owl Society #2

“We’re too cool to be alone
But, not too crazy to get busted”

We left off last issue of Night Owl Society with the cliffhanger of the mob boss known as the Viceroy that young David has banded this group of high schooler’s to battle is actually his father. David’s mother passed away some time ago and his step mother does not seem to care about his father’s doings. David’s sister is too young to be involved, so David formed the Night Owl Society to fight him after the killing of his friend/ school chaplain. One thing though the other members of the group do not know this vital bit of information of the Viceroy being David’s father. As this issue starts out the team is working as a great cohesive unit taking down the Viceroy one mission at a time.  Darsh being tech savvy handles all the cameras and technical sides of the missions, while Laura can sneak, steal and infiltrate just about any where, A.J. using his brought strength and intimidation adds the muscle, while Sarah is almost a jack of all trades. David is the information plan setter and in all the missions stays in the back and relays information. David’s secret wont last long among the group of now friends and when it comes to light the Night Owl Society might already be torn apart.

As this issue starts out the team is working as a great cohesive unit taking down the Viceroy one mission at a time.  Darsh being tech savvy handles all the cameras and technical sides of the missions, while Laura can sneak, steal and infiltrate just about anywhere, A.J. using his brought strength and intimidation adds the muscle, while Sarah is almost a jack of all trades. David is the information plan setter and in all the missions stays in the back and relays information. David’s secret won’t last long among the group of now friends and when it comes to light the Night Owl Society might already be torn apart.

The Night Owl Society #2 is a good continuation from the first issue of this four-part miniseries. James Venhaus continues to script a very interesting “fun” team up of some high school misfits. Easily the most enjoyable part of the issue is the team going missions and disrupting the mob’s plans and seeing them bond together and it is equally heartbreaking when they find out Davids secret when it is revealed early on in the issue. The only problem is still like the previous issue it all moves just a little too fast to have a greater emotional affect on the reader.  The group feels like it has not been together very long and I still feel like the characters need a little more fleshing out for the story to have a greater impact. Venhaus does a great job in scripting the pages and getting the story along, I just think the four issue limit is really making him try to cram a lot of stuff into each issue and the characters are suffering because of that.

Art:

Pius Bak continues art duties on this series with his minimalist style and toned down colors giving Night Owl Society a very “indy” style look to it. It seems that Bak has settled into these characters a little bit more and he has some fantastic close up panel shots that he does a tremendous job on. He does a great job in sequential story telling with panel structure and layouts that make the story flow nicely together. I would like to see a little bit more background detail in panels that a laid out as wide shots and the more action oriented scenes seem a little dull as the character feel static and lack that energy that is needed. 

Conclusion:

Night Owl Society #2 is a good continuation of this four part min series. Venhaus is telling a good story and it is great to see these different people band together and become friends, Bak does some great more emotional shot in this issue and really gets the characters feelings off the page. The story is just moving a little to fast and the art needs a little more refining to make this series into something special. That being said Venhaus has left this issue with a fantastic cliffhanger that will definitely have me coming back for issue #3.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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