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Clive Barker’s Next Testament Volume 2 Graphic Novel Review

Clive Barker's The Next Testament Volume 2 Graphic Novel

The second volume of “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” does not disappoint. In volume 2 of “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” (which contains issues 5-8), the God Wick and Julian travel to San Francisco and Paris. Wick continues to inflict further damage on the world while also trying to figure out what he wants to do now that the world is essentially his play thing. As for the married couple (Elspeth and Tristan), they run into religious kooks, a psychopath, and get caught in the middle of one of Wick’s destructive whims.

Picking up where volume one left off, writers Mark Miller and Clive Barker do a fine job of continuing the story through these four issues. Not only is each and every issue incredibly intense and fast paced, but you are left wanting more the second you finish the volume. In terms of the actual story, there’s not a ton that happens plot wise, but Miller and Barker add more dimensions to the character of Wick and introduce a few new characters who may or may not stick around. On top of that, the writers continue to explore the ideas of religion and God in intelligent and fascinating ways.

Much like with the first volume, the art is once again top notch here. Without delving into any spoilers, it has to be said that artist Haemi Jang has some incredibly detailed and elaborate full page spreads here. A lot of credit should also be given to colorist Vladimir Popov who brings Jang’s work to another level. The striking colors really do add to Wick’s character and make for a more visually exciting comic book tale.

In typical graphic novel form, expect to see a few extra goodies here including a smart and loving introduction by Liam Sharp and a stunning cover art gallery by Goni Montes.

Overall Thoughts: “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” is arguably the most underrated comic book series out right now. Give it a shot.

June 28, 2015 - Posted by | Book review |

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