Escaping the explosive end of last issue, Scarlett is on the trail of the bad guys, following the leads, putting in the leg work and putting the pieces together.
And that is pretty much it.
Seem like a quick review? Well that is kind of what we have. The series is structured over four issues and after the all action pace of the last issue, we have a slightly slower paced dialogue issue. The structure has to allow this type of issue and it’s done pretty well.
Des Taylor is the one man band in charge of the words and the gorgeous pictures. The book, like it’s predecessor, looks great. There is no discernible drop in the quality of the art and worries about dialogue are laid to rest as the script and inner monologue have both improved. The pop art style may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is a welcome respite from the majority of books on the shelf.
It helps that we are introduced to a larger cast, with Scarlett’s back room girls and the probable potential love triangle in the shape of Trent Wayland and I enjoyed the fact that Scarlett is totally oblivious to it all even whilst she hits the nail right on the head. In addition, is that an homage to Commissioner Gordon and Barbara Gordon halfway through the book?
If I had any reason to complain it would be that there is a lot of exposition about the history of Scarlett and her mother, most of which was in the last issue albeit in the footnote back pages rather than the main pages.
Overall another enjoyable issue, even if the pace has slowed somewhat, I am sure it’s the calm before the storm.