The Least We Can Do #2 ADVANCE REVIEW: nice art and world building, but a confusing story at times.


Written by: Iolanda Zanfardino, Art / Colours by: Elisa Romboli.

 

Uriel is still having issues with her team. They are still dominating her in training, where it’s now become a spectacle for people to come and watch. Seth gives her a gift of armour that can store her medium in, to help in the training, as she struggles to realise that medium only work easily for those it’s given to, not for people who steal it. Back at the mansion (of the king, maybe), it’s finally discovered that the medium from a sword hilt has been stolen and he wants his daughter to pay for her disobedience.



It’s been a month and we are back in the dystopian, futuristic Great Britain, where magic is real and a tyrannical government is apparently forcing people into poverty. I say "apparently" as one of the biggest issues I have with this book is that it’s telling us things without actually showing us. We are told that the Eden army is the worst thing in the world and they have to be defeated. However, we have only seen them apprehend someone and they are then assaulted, and now we are told that if their will breaks in a battle and they lose the power of their medium, then they would rather die in battle. Which to me shows devotion to the cause and loyalty. For me personally, I will never blindly follow what I’m told by characters as we often have unreliable narrators in books. I’m not sure that’s what they want to do here, but when your protagonist opens the book by stealing, then I won’t believe her unless given any evidence.

 

Another issue is that this seems rather confusing. The way it was detailed in the previous book was that the crystals are the medium, although now not all crystals are medium and so it’s difficult for characters to know which actually are. If this is the case, how did the army know to confiscate all the medium crystals.


There is also confusion about the character of Uriel. From the look of the mansion and the dress of her father and brothers, I’m assuming royal family, but this isn’t confirmed and she’s still a mystery why she did what she did. If she’s part of the wealthy, then why couldn’t she use the connections to investigate the medium rather than running away with stolen merchandise, which will cause her to become a bigger target. It seems everything she’s done so far has been the incorrect choice, and she seems lucky to be alive.

 

THE LEAST WE CAN DO #2 cover variant

So far, I’ve been rather underwhelmed by the experience and I’ve so badly wanted to enjoy it, as I like high fantasy and even more so to have it based in the UK makes it special, as there’s not much of that around in comics stories.


However, there are a few things that I did enjoy about The Least We Can Do #2. The art was good enough, but there were 2 instances that I thought were incredible. First was the variant cover (shown above), which I think is better than the standard. It’s so beautifully drawn that it would definitely catch my eye. The other was when Uriel was given the armour; how the page (shown below) was set up. Her armour was the full page background and the panels were insets. It was a striking way of showing off the armour in all its glory, and it made me hesitate as I read, due to the playful layout.

 


Overall, I’m still not hooked, and the few pages of great art can only do so much. I will keep going with it, but I can’t imagine it will be for more than a couple issues more. For that reason I again can’t give anything more than a 1/5, I really do hope this picks up, as I’m definitely getting bored.



The Least We Can Do issue 2 will be published by Image Comics on 12th October from your Local Comic Shop and on 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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