Comic Review: End After End #2 (Vault Comics)

A dead guy is stuck between worlds now, not moving on, and not able to live. But he has been conscripted into a ragtag bunch of ageless warriors to fight […]

A dead guy is stuck between worlds now, not moving on, and not able to live. But he has been conscripted into a ragtag bunch of ageless warriors to fight bad demons. He has no choice but to fight.

It’s End After End, from Vault Comics, issue 2.

Writers Tim Daniel and David Angry do their best to create atmosphere, to conjure threats and drama here. The midworld of the recently dead, where warriors try to move the newly dead to a safe ‘afterlife’, out of the hands and claws of the evil demons.

But the story seems to have no emotional centre. We have nothing invested in Walt, our recent arrival. He’s inept with a sword, a 21th century fellow without a clue. Oh, he has a back story that is gradually becoming interesting. And there are some nicely captured (Sunando C artist, colours by Kurt Michael Russell) visuals of dark battles, coloured with blood, guts, and the unknown, but something is falling flat here. We should care more, we should be more concerned with the slings, arrows, shields, and hearts of the fighting army.

And the lettering, (Jim Campbell) well, the dialogue gets larger and bolder, the dialogue gets small and pale, the word balloon borders get smooth and then shaky and crinkly, but it all kind of feels complicated. More visually interruptive than necessary, but less than the sum of its words and phrases.

An interesting concept, but taking longer to gel and coalesce than ideal. On with the show, this is it!!!

Vault Comics, End After End #2, $4.99 for 28 pages of content

Alan Spinney

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