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Kroma #2 COMICS REVIEW: the colours get brighter as the tone gets darker.


Creator / Writer / Artist: Lorenzo De Felici, Letterer: Rus Wooton.

 

After Zet falls from the ledge with a siege through him. Kroma is desperate to get away from the people who imprisoned her. With a bit of luck after her fall, she finds herself in the middle of the forest. Zet encourages her up wanting to lead her to safety while the city send men to retrieve her. Out in the coloured wilderness, everything wants to kill her so she needs her wits about her; but how is Zet alive, and without help can they even make it past the first day?



As I said in my Comics Review of Kroma #1, it had such a dramatic end. It’s not every day that any kind of medium —especially a comic book— introduces you to a character and then potentially kill them off at the end of the first issue. It’s a courageous move that could make or break a comic series. Kroma has a lot going for it though, so it didn’t even need such a drastic ending to the first issue. Anyone who reads my Reviews knows I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to do both writing and art in a book. To be able to do it well is an art in itself, so when it’s this good, Lorenzo De Felici has my utmost respect.

 

The first thing I noticed about the book was the length. At a striking 48 pages long, it keeps up the same page length as the first issue. I’m really impressed with a few of the titles coming out at Image lately. Both Kroma and 20th Century Men are both lengthy books that are high quality content. I’ve always said I’m happy to pay a premium price for a premium product, and I think we have good examples of that currently. Lorenzo’s writing is exquisite and he’s able to pack a lot into the book. With quotes that could come from iconic figures, this book makes itself relevant to the current climate while never straying from the plot of the book. We meet a wise old man who explains to Kroma that “When you can’t avoid something you need to face it”. This is something I try to tell myself all the time. To be able to conquer your fears, you need to face them and understand them.

 

Although one of the more interesting quotes to come out of it would be: “The more time passes the more we forget what we gave up to be safe”. This reflects both the real world and what’s happening in the book. Where the characters are being oppressed by what seems to be a highly religious government, there are some that are realising that free will has been sacrificed for safety. Is this a worthy trade, or should all be allowed to make the decisions themselves knowing the consequences? Here the people of the city are forbidden to have any colour, and yet outside it’s full of colour, so is the danger worth the beauty?



As I mentioned, the art is also done by Lorenzo and his choices are incredible. I couldn’t help but stare at the first page. It was a full set page of Zet falling (see first picture above). Something so disturbing as the main character being impaled by a spear as he falls from a great height shouldn’t look as mesmerising as it did. I couldn’t help but think of Sin City with the limited colours in a black and white book. Truly exceptional. I adore how the book can switch between black and white to colour. The art is so good and it draws you in with its beauty.

 

Overall this is a great book, worthy of the premium price with its intriguing characters and its stunning artwork. I’m really looking forward to continuing on with it and I hope it keeps up the quality for the entire run. I praise the book for its length but it can also be its downfall. Someone like myself who needs to break from reading so much after a while I can’t help but feel like I’d prefer it to be slightly shorter so I can finish it in one sitting.


Still, a solid 4 POPs out of 5 and I can’t wait for the New Year to get my hands on the next issue.

 


Kroma issue 2 was released from Image Comics on 21st December from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


 

Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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