Nowhere Men 2 (December 2012)

889536There’s so much text in the back matter, like three or four full pages. Worse, I think you’re supposed to read it to understand what’s going on.

Stephenson follows the same general narrative split. The first half has the aged scientists, the second has the twelve space scientists. This issue Stephenson reveals they’re developing strange abilities. The abilities don’t seem to do much but cause them horrific illnesses or deformities, so maybe it’s all a send-up of The Fantastic Four?

But the opening is the real problem. Stephenson is rather self-indulgent. He creates all sorts of brands for the Nowhere Men universe and expects the reader to figure out, from context, if a car is expensive or cheap. Why would someone bother?

He introduces a few new characters too but isn’t consistent with how they refer to one another. It’s a headache; the conclusion doesn’t compensate for it.

CREDITS

Writer, Eric Stephenson; artist, Nate Bellegarde; colorist, Jordie Bellaire; letterer, Fonografiks; publisher, Image Comics.

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