Written by: Genevieve Valentine, Art by: Ming Doyle and Annie Wu, Colours by: Lee Loughridge, Letters by: Aditya Bidikar.
Emilia is starting to go stir crazy. Death wants her to rest and eat. It seems like he’s trying to protect her. Although she knows, that he wouldn’t show her all the things he’s doing if she was ever going to be free again. People are looking for her and she doesn’t know why but he does. He put a hit on her, yet he still is protecting her. Or is he not telling her something, is he protecting her from things, or is he protecting everyone else from her?
I don’t know what is it about Two Graves that I like so much. It could be the dry way that lines are said. It could be that death is treated with a bit of humour. It could also be because I’m invested in the strafe character that is Emilia and Death. What has helped is the quality of the writing. I pick out the scene above as an example. Emilia is discussing the issues her family have had with illness. Her mum looked after her when she was ill and then she returned the favour. It’s after that, that Emilia then asks Death if he came for her too. This question is allowed to stew with the audience for more than a page. The panel after is their food being delivered, which just makes the situation awkward as Death doesn’t answer. I honestly just stared at the panel for a while as I could imagine the rest of their time at the restaurant being in silence, as Emilia contemplates that if Death did see her mum, did he treat her in the same way? It’s such an emotional moment and it’s expertly handled to be left hanging like that.
There are many questions that still need to be answered, but I feel the slow pace is working really well for it. It reminds me of a book from a couple years ago called Coffin Bound (see previous Reviews) with its pace. There have been 3 more characters introduced, and they are like Death but they look human and are hunters. With these characters, we are now getting more of a back story for the relationship between Death and Emilia. Maybe he feels a connection to her, but her time has passed and she needs to move on. It could be that this book is one big allegory for trauma and how we need to be able to move on and not get weighed down by it.
It’s been a while since I commented on it, but for anyone who has followed my Comics Reviews here, you may know that I love landscapes. This was part of a 2 page spread early on where Emilia and Death drive through. It looks empty and yet also very peaceful. We also get a couple panels of the strip, which look amazing. Ming Doyle and Annie Wuare are doing a fantastic job with this. There’s also a couple of moments where pages and panels are played with, having then interlocking. This accentuates the suspense as things lead into each other, the tensions building to a great ending for the book
Overall, I’m really enjoying the slow burn to this book. It’s an interesting concept that’s being handled really well by the creators, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
I feel so lucky to be able to review all these high quality books and I can’t give it anything less than 4 POPs out of 5.
Two Graves #2 was released on 14th December from Image Comics, 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.