EDITOR's NOTE: Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #2 will be available in stores March 18th.
Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #2 starts off with Alice, aka Hotwire, and her partner Mobey dealing with a 'blue-light' (ghost) that has turned itself into a bomb. The police station has its own problems when a guy comes to them wanting help and is discovered to be infected by a blue-light. They have no option, but to put the guy in a holding cell and find Hotwire, so that she can help the man. Unfortunately, Hotwire has other plans rather than going back to the police station.
This issue was a good read. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat or anything, but I did find it enjoyable. The book has a familiar premise, but at the same time it seems fresh. We’ve all seen the story of a woman that fights ghosts and baddies. Hotwire seems to have taken this concept in a more mature themed route, and it works. The characters are believable. Alice is given more depth in this issue as she explains her past and how she became a police officer. She’s actually shown as a normal person as she gets drunk and even has problems with her parents. I found that I’ve come to like her character. Mobey is just your standard partner who thinks he knows everything, but is really out of his league. He’s main use in this series is to ask the questions that the reader may have about the blue-lights.
The art in this series really gives it its own life. Steve Pugh’s art is awesome. It has this realism to it that also lends itself very well to fantasy and horror. Everything looks like it belongs on the page together. I was worried when I first saw his art that it might not mix well with the spirit aspects of the series, but they blend perfectly. Every character looks alive. There are no stale or forced poses and the book just looks great.
Final Word: If you’re looking for something a little different from the normal books you see each week or you have a few extra bucks you’d like to spend on a good story, then this is a perfect series for you. It’s easy to get into and Steve Pugh catches you up on everything.
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