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Review – Twin Worlds #2 (Action Lab Danger Zone)

Twin Worlds #2 (Action Lab Danger Zone) cover (detail) by Jethro Morales
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Twin Worlds #2

Writers: Rami and Mohammad Al-Ashqar
Artist: Jethro Morales
Colors: Bryan Magnaye
Letters: Lucas Gattoni
Publisher: Action Lab
Maturity Rating: Mature Readers / T+
Release Date: April 15, 2020

Twin Worlds #2 continues the story of the conflict between the natives of Tassaroth and the visiting humans from Earth.

Twin Worlds #2: Two Doesn’t Always Make a Thing Go Right

Twin Worlds #2 continues the conflict between the “Portalmen” humans of the EEA and the natives of Tassaroth, doubling down on what the political intrigue issue #1 previously introduced. We see a small “slice of life” moment give way to a full-blown incursion; fateful moves are made in what is shaping up to be a game of conquerors and the conquered.

Writing

Twin Worlds #2 (Action Lab Danger Zone) cover by Jethro Morales
Twin Worlds #2 (Action Lab Danger Zone) cover by Jethro Morales

In Twin Worlds #2, Rami Al-Ashqar steers the story away from grander schemes of resource acquisition and digs more into a personal story first revealed in issue #1. A subset of the native people mixing with the human visitors from beyond the portal has not led to peace and unity between the two species, clearly. Amidst death and destruction, still, there seems to be hope of at least one place where the two peoples can work, and are working, side by side. The journey to this place begins here, come the conclusion of issue #2.

The “personal logs” at the end of this issue continue with a new round of perspectives from the EEA explorers. These are not wholly vital to the story; they do, however, continue to fill in a few blanks, fleshing out ideas we’ve only seen illustrated to this point. The “language guide” is again present but was not necessary for this issue. The glossary is also included (it’s the same as in issue #1).

Art

Jethro Morales is back as our artist and he continues to effectively, enjoyably illustrate the happenings here on Tassaroth. Some panels could have used more detail, I feel, but nothing struck me as being completely barren or uninteresting. While I did not find the cover for this issue to be particularly fetching, it does convey a message of how the EEA is using a portion of the native populace against itself. I would have liked to see more here, especially after the cover for issue #1. The cover here doesn’t “grab” you but, yes, it is fitting—the overall theme of manipulation is more deeply explored here in Twin Worlds #2.

Coloring by Bryan Magnaye remains a highlight, and lettering by Lucas Gattoni moves the dialogue-heavy scenes along nicely. Finally, we receive a bonus progress compilation of a sketch, pencils, ink, and final colors; it’s a stunner of a page featuring a cityscape under attack from EEA aircraft.

Overall

This particular issue may not have a very strong start in terms of action. But it continues to lay necessary groundwork for the story ahead. When the attack happens, we’re treated to some excitement and urgency to balance out the slower pace at the issue’s outset. I believe we’re now zeroing in on a core storyline for the book and its major players—the halfbreed children Rakkan and Rea, and their protector, the Wonder Woman-esque swordswoman, Zara. I’m looking forward to spending more time with these characters and can’t wait to see where we go next.

 


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