Ten Thousand Black Feathers #2 COMIC REVIEW: an expanding world but slower pace marks this 2nd issue

Writing: Jeff Lemire; Art: Andrea Sorrentino; Colors: Dave Stewart; Letters & Design: Steve Wands; Edits: Greg Lockard.

Cover by Andrea Sorrentino

The Bone Orchard Mythos from Image Comics continues a new expansion with the release of Ten Thousand Black Feathers #2. Something dark came between Trish and Jackie when they were younger, a doom that began in their shared fantasy but now creeps into the real world. The second issue of this series gives us a glimpse into our protagonists' first encounter, the world they built together, and how it all came crashing down.

Any title sporting Sorrentino's art is bound to have such grandiose tableaux like this.

Thus far we've only ever been put in Trish's point of view, a fact Lemire twists to his liking by making Jackie's absence a looming dread over the story; as we learn more about the young girls' friendship it becomes clear the story is hurtling towards a dark and demented event that's led to their fantasy world bleeding into ours. The real fun of this story comes in Lemire's beautiful attention to minute conversational detail and focus on the more grounded — real — aspects of our characters. Dialogue feels candid and true. This is Lemire's wheelhouse; characterization leads the way and this issue is a great demonstration of pace and groundwork.

Sorrentino and Stewart complement the writing with robust and communicative art and color. Bright colors reflect the brighter optimism of youth when we visit our protagonists in their younger years. Darker shadows, muted colors, and gritty linework define the story's present, a clear opposition that promises a drastic turn of tone in the future. All of this pales to Sorrentino's deft and dynamic use of paneling that always serves to draw the eye exactly where he intends. Coupled with jaw-dropping splash pages that remember epic mosaics, the art of Ten Thousand Black Feathers carries a huge heft of the narrative weight, a burden it relishes with purpose and originality.

Not a lot happens in this issue beyond character exposition, but this is made riveting by the creative team's insistence on pushing traditionality to the extreme. Lemire's grounded writing and pathos lend this series heart, while Sorrentino and Stewart duet the wrenching of said heart from your chest. Ten Thousand Black Feathers is a complex and deeply unsettling title that needs your attention.

Ten Thousand Black Feathers #2 earns 4 outta 5 POPs for being so dang good but a tad slow on the pacing.

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I'm a huge fan of the Lemire/Sorrentino team-up! If you share this deep-seated love for the heart-felt horrible, I have quite the recommendations for you. For a hauntingly abstract and cosmic mystery filled with gore and existentialism, please check out Gideon Falls Deluxe Edition, Book One. If the space race is more your thing, but you still want the heft of that narrative complexity, then I'd direct you towards Primordial !


Austin Kemp read Batman #315 (Batman vs Kite Man) when he was 5 years old, and hasn't stopped reading comics since. Austin is a college writing teacher and has a masters degree in Comics Studies. Austin and his partner, Savanah, live in Massachusetts with their master, a cat named Chaplin.

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