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Review – gen:LOCK #2 (DC Comics)

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gen:LOCK #2

Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Penciller: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Walden Wong
Colorist: Protobunker
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: December 4th, 2019

Gen:LOCK #2 brings us back to the team we love so much. Chase and the others have found themselves in a difficult situation, and it’s going to take some creative thinking—and character backstory—to find a way out.

 

Allies and Enemies in gen:LOCK #2

Fans of the gen:LOCK TV series will be thrilled to find out that our beloved characters are continuing their quest in comic form. No, it’s not quite the same thing. But gen:LOCK #2 is just as action-packed as we could have ever hoped for, and that almost makes up for it.

This miniseries for gen:LOCK fits in between what happened in season one and what we assume will happen in season two. It’s filling in the blanks for us. And we’re not complaining, since we don’t know yet how long the wait will be before season two (and the drama that comes with that is a whole different can of worms).

gen:LOCK #2 (DC Comics) cover by Dan Mora
gen:LOCK #2 (DC Comics) cover by Dan Mora

If you haven’t finished the first season of gen:LOCK, don’t read this series! It’s going to contain massive spoilers, both about the main plot and about what most of the main characters are up to at this point. That should be fairly obvious, but better safe than sorry.

Writing

Gen:LOCK #2 was an action-packed whirlwind of an issue. It seemed like each of our heroes got a chance to shine. And that means we got to see more of their mechs, which is always appreciated. Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing are starting to get into the rhythm of writing for these different heroes, and it shows.

There were a lot of interesting things that happened in this issue. But perhaps my favorite is the fact that Chase gave a little hat-tip to each member of his crew. It’s nice to see their unique traits get highlighted. It’s also a nice refresher for those that need it, so, win-win.

This issue also has started to build up more on the mystery of Kaz and his background. It’s probably not something any of us thought too much about during the animated series (too much going on). But now we can’t seem to get it out of our heads. And I, for one, am eagerly looking forward to any and all new information in regard to it.

So we’re now two issues in, and there’s an elephant in the room we need to talk about. Does this series feel like the animated version? No, it doesn’t. But it is forging its own path, and so far it has stayed true to the characters. And that’s good enough for me.

Art

The art behind gen:LOCK #2 is vibrant and visually stunning. You can really see the level of work and attention to detail the artistic team has been putting into this project. Carlo Barberi is the penciller behind this issue, while Walden Wong provided the inks. Then there’s Protobunker, who did the coloring, and Tom Napolitano who did the lettering. So it’s safe to say that this was a fairly sizable team!

All of the characters look like a comic book version of themselves. Which is to say, they’re easily recognizable for who they are, but the artists weren’t afraid to take some liberties in terms of style. It’s a nice combination, all things considered.

There were a few difficulties this team had to overcome. For example, there’s a lot of internal chatting and thoughts from the gen:LOCK team, and they somehow had to make them all distinct and clear. That was probably easier said than done, but in the end, they found a solution that works.

Conclusion

Gen:LOCK #2 has found a way to keep fans invested by dangling a mystery right in our faces. That, combined with some brilliant action and cute moments from our characters, is more than enough to keep many fans reading. Or at least, it’s enough to keep this fan dedicated to the comics! Only time will tell where this series is going to take us in the long run.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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