From DC Comics comes a story not of men in capes or women with superpowers. American Carnage is real. It’s every day. This gritty tale comes from the minds of Bryan Edward Hill and Leandro Fernandez, where Richard Wright finds his way into a group of white-nationalists, which should already have you on edge. Every panel feels as if you’re walking on egg-shells and you aren’t sure whether Wright has been made or not.
American Carnage #2 paints a picture of a world that we all know exists and we’re seeing frequently on the news. Just the title of the comic describes the world all too well. It’s the climate of our culture, politics, and rage. For the fan of graphic novels, but who perhaps wants to take a break from superheroes; this is a great issue to pick up. It almost reads like a combination of American History X and Reservoir Dogs.
Visually, one of my favorite aspects about this issue is that most of the conversations/interactions are done in the dark, highlighting the dangerousness of every panel. You know just from that alone that what each character is talking about is both valuable and not always legal. It’s easy to feel integrated into the storyline and you want to flip to the next page to find out more.
Like most comic issues, this one ends on a cliffhanger and it’s a bad one. Not bad in the sense that it’s unlikeable, but that you know something bad is going to happen no matter which direction it decides to go in. There’s not many other comic issues I enjoyed more than this one, so make sure you get yourself a copy of American Carnage #2.
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