Printers Are the Enemy in Analog #2
Jack McGinnis seems to find himself in all kinds of trouble. When someone knows you were the one that destroyed the security of the internet, your chances of finding trouble spikes exponentially. Analog #2 focuses on where Jack’s troubled life is going.
Previously in Analog #1, readers learned that Jack McGinnis helped bring down the security of the internet. Therefore, he has become a hired gun who delivers hard copies of organizational secrets from client to client. In Analog’s world, these mercenaries are called “paper jockeys.” At the end of the previous issue, Jack and his father were surrounded by a team of armed mercenaries. Analog #2 picks up right where the previous issue left off. Jack and his father must protect themselves from these shadowy figures. However, after the bloody fight, they learn that the US government wants Jack’s help. The government wants in on the paper jockey business. But, not in the way that Jack expected.
The story is lacking in a lot of areas. In Analog #1, readers saw the world and the consequences of an unsecured internet. Analog #2 does not show readers the world – nor the underworld – instead, they are introduced to laughable characters and a nonsensical scenario. While several characters have some great one-liners and snappy dialogue, it does little to draw attention from the confusing and lifeless plot.
Despite the underwhelming story, Gerry Duggan’s dialogue is witty and hilarious. The dialogue in Analog #2 adds life to a lifeless issue. There is a lot of great banter on this issue and even a decent action scene. One of my favorite scenes was probably close to the end of this issue. Readers are introduced to Oona, Jack’s girlfriend, who works as a paper jockey and an assassin. When Jack shows up at her apartment, there is some talk about Jack’s regrets. For example, what he helped accomplish. The scene is so cinematic and flows really well. It’s a shame that several of the other scenes leading up to that point is a disappointment.
One of the more confusing elements of Analog #2’s plot is the US governments involvement. Their idea of potential controlling the paper jockeys made little to no sense. What the US government would more than likely do is force Jack to help them with coding and establish a new form of the internet. Of course, this new version of the internet would be under the government’s control. Additionally, they would probably have Jack uncover the other paper jockeys so that they could rescind their business practices. Meanwhile, Jack could do everything that he could to try and foil the governments’ plans. That just seems like a more logical storyline to me.
If you were disappointed with David O’Sullivan’s artwork in the first issue, then Analog #2 will also be a disappointment. However, I did enjoy the minimalistic aesthetic of the first issue. But overall I was very underwhelmed by the artwork in Analog #2. In the first issue, there was a lot to look at, but in this issue, readers are forced to look at Jack’s ugly mug for about thirty pages. Additionally, there were a few scenes that appeared to be rather rushed. Proportions and faces are inconsistent from scene to scene. Many of the characters seem stiff. Almost as stiff as amateur actors who don’t know what to do with their hands. Furthermore, Mike Spicer’s colors do little to compliment O’Sullivan’s art. The colors are very rough, which fits the tone. However, I much prefer the juxtaposition between the art and the color scheme in Analog #1.
When I mentioned amateur actors in the paragraph above, it occurred to me what this issue is akin to. Analog #2 is like that third or fourth movie in a franchise that no one talks about (looking at you, Alien: Resurrection). It’s a passable issue, unfortunately. Analog #1 showed so much promise and gave readers an intriguing premise. However, Analog #2 just does not seem like it understands what to do with that premise. Not to mention, Jack and every other character in this issue feel inconsequential. If he died in the next issue, I would not care. He is a character who at this point in the series is unrelatable. Maybe Analog #3 will pick up the slack and make things interesting again.