Reviewer: Sienna Rockette
Publisher: WildStorm (DC Comics)
Writer: Aaron Williams
Artist: Fiona Staples
Genre: Comic Book
Release Date: Available Now
“An‘ The Word Was Law.”
I knew it the minute I finished the first issue of North 40 that it would become a favorite around the office and when an office filled with comic junkies love something you can expect them to hound the reviewer for a chance to read it as well. That’s how I know a comic managed to surpass all expectations and offer a story that all comic fans can really love no matter what genre you love the most. In the second issue of North 40, the brilliant art and storytelling continues so yes my fellow reviewers want it badly.
In North 40 #2, the aftermath of the event that shook Conover County and changed the people living within a few miles of the local library (where two bored teens awakened some ancient power) in the town of Lufton is finally becoming a nightmarish reality to those who have come to realize that there‘s something different about their surroundings. Some of them have even gained strange new abilities while the other half were freakishly transformed physically.
One of these freaks is Dave Atterhull who has become a hulking monstrosity that is currently smashing The Howdy Holler a new back entrance with a vehicle he picked up as if it were made of aluminum foil and cardboard. It isn’t until the waitress named Luanne who has the power to “see” sends Sheriff Morgan a message via a crow that the lawman steps up to the plate to put an end to Dave’s rampage to rescue a barmaid inside the bar.
Dave, as the Sheriff can see, has become an unstoppable force to be reckoned with but the man doesn’t even blink when he confronts Atterhull. It seems all of Dave’s kin have crowned him king of the Atterhull family and it becomes very clear that they intend on taking over Conover County … a feat that won’t be so simple seeing as they come to realize that Dave isn’t the only one that’s been enhanced by whatever caused the unusual occurrence.
Back in the farm, Wyatt comes home to find his father in the most unusual state and he’s not sure whether the man is dead or living. Meanwhile, the town bully named Dwyer Martin comes knocking on Wyatt’s door by telepathically sending a pitchfork flying down on the farm boy’s foot. Luckily, for Wyatt, his super strength allows him to be nearly unbreakable as we saw in the first issue when he took a shotgun blast at point-blank range. As the two super powered youths fight it out, Amanda Walker receives instructions by the old witch to head out to Conover County’s own Ground Zero and team up with Sheriff Morgan.
Meanwhile, Luanne sends word that it might not be a good idea for the survivors to stay outdoors after dark. There’s something coming, she says, and there’s a barrier surrounding the county line that just won’t let anything pass. It’s clear that they’re all stuck where they are until they’re able to sort out the entire mess. It also doesn’t take long before another major threat pops up.
Things are just getting even more interesting as we can see in North 40 #2 and, as the after effects of the event that lead to the county’s transformation just barely begins to come to light, Sheriff Morgan attempts to bring some law and order to his town. Of course, that won’t be easy seeing as there’s more than enough freaks and monsters that the survivors must deal with in the upcoming issues. Consider us hooked on this one.
COMIC REVOLUTION RATING BREAKDOWN
In the wake of the supernatural event that changed Conover Count, many of the folks in the little town is coming to terms with their new abilities and other unusual changes. As Amanda Walker comes to learn her role in all this craziness, the good Sheriff is trying to keep some order … by way of a little bird sent by somebody in town. Meanwhile, farm boy Wyatt finds himself going up against the town bully who has powers of his own.
The art by Fiona Staples is still simply yet another reason you will love this series and it continues to be just as eye-catching in this second issue.
As the mystery behind the “blackout” is still just that, the handful of people that have developed abilities are slowly coming together in the second issue of North 40. Things are certainly going to get a lot more interesting as the Sheriff tries to bring some order in all the chaos. This series just keeps getting better and better.