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"Collapser #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics / Young Animal

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Written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon
Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis
Colored by Cris Peter
Lettered by Simon Bowland
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 14th, 2019

Review:

Liam James was already down in the dumps after missing a big shot for his DJ career. Now he has a black hole in his chest that is sending him through time and space. That's just the start of his problems. There are some mysterious people that seem to be following him and he's the only one who can see them. Things are about to get weird.

Collapser #2 starts out as a quirky adventure before spiraling into blood-soaked chaos. The opening pages are this fun romp around the world as Liam's black hole takes him to see the sights like Stonehenge and the Pyramids, both of which he promptly destroys in a matter of moments. He's in over his head and just wants to get home.

I love the unnatural look to the black hole. It is complete and utter darkness, seemingly destroying any other color to create this literal hole. At times I wondered if this was just something stuck on the page by how weird it looks. This complements the overall look and feel of Collapser.

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Artist Ilias Kyriazis turns in an impressive double-page spread showing Liam's travels, each one focused on a different place with a different supernatural creature ranging from the Loch Ness Monster to the Jersey Devil and everything in between. Each image is shown as a circle, mirroring the black hole in his chest.

Liam's thoughts are shown not in traditional caption boxes, but in dark wavy word balloons that hang in the air like an oppressive force. Letterer Simon Bowland makes me wonder how much of this comes from Liam himself or from some other entity that might be toying with the man.

Collapser #2 gets into high gear with the second half of the issue. That's when things get nuts. Colorist Cris Peter identifies this shift with a sudden change in tone. The images get darker, like a cloud has come over Liam's life, creating an unsettling twilight over his world. This is where the strange visions start too, each more grim than the last.

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Writers Mikey Way and Shaun Simon up the shock factor with some alarming page turns. I was not expecting to see someone covered in blood there so that freaked me out. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred, forcing Liam to doubt what he's seeing. The idea of not being able to trust your own mind shakes me to my core.

Collapser is unpredictable and insane. You never know what's waiting for you around each corner. It could be something that brings a smile to your face or scare the living crap out of you...or both. This is like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets world-ending catastrophe.

Grades:

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Overall: Fourstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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