A Review of Crash & Troy #2
Crash & Troy #2
Jarred Luján words
Kyler Clodfelter art
Bruno Furlani colors
Buddy Beaudoin letters
From A Wave Blue World
Ever cut a deal with the devil to stay out of prison and find yourself deep in space full-on regretting that decision? Bub, this comic was made for you! Peep the solicit:
After being arrested for breaking a dictator out of jail, Crash & Troy set out to recapture the very man they just set free. But this means working with Delphi, their "handler" who was assigned to them by the Earth Defense Forces. And taking orders from her might just be enough to make them wish they'd accepted the prison sentence instead.
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This is a very important issue for Crash & Troy. The premier was wonderful and had a lot going for it, but now, the pressure’s on the creatives to keep that cosmic vibe alive, which, sometimes, isn’t the easiest thing to do. It’s also a big moment for this miniseries because, for a while, we didn’t know if this second issue would happen.
Crash & Troy had a rough start, and its creatives were damn close to abandoning this starship and leaving it to float about space never to be seen again. Luckily, battles were fought and won, and now we have a second issue on the shelves, and guess what? It’s fucking awesome.
Jarred Luján’s script is still as quick, fresh and epic as the first. There’s a lot of drama going down in a cramped space, and I love how the characters interact. Delphi, the handler who handles, is a wonderful addition. I think the now-trio works well, and I’ve found myself looking forward to the moment when the team really becomes a team. It's always a great comic book moment when that happens, but it takes a solid writer to pull it off. I think we all know by now that Luján is solid and has the chops to make the cut.
Trust in the buzz, the humor and snappy dialog are just as strong, but as much as I love Jarred’s writing, it takes a backseat to the incredible art this time around.
Kyler Clodfelter and Bruno Furlani are titans on the page, and they’re both synced up to the max. A large part of this second issue is an absolutely stellar space dogfight against ships disguised as meteors. The panels are intense. The action is sublime. Ship designs and maneuvers are breathtaking, and Furlani’s colors are a power cosmic blast to the face. My words cannot do the scene justice, and I’ve done many justices in many reviews. I was wowed. I had to go back and experience it again. My cold, calloused heart was warmed and softened out of pure comic book joy.
That’s what Crash & Troy is, pure comic book joy.
Of course, the magnificent experience wouldn’t be complete without great letterwork, and Buddy Beaudoin is here to slay the game. Those top-tier one liners look great on the page. Delphi’s precise orders blast through the bubbles and echo through the ship’s corridor. Not one single letter burdens the panel, and every page is a tasty fuckin’ treat, friends.
I really hope you pick this up when you’re out comic shopping today. I can’t help thinking of how close we came to not being able to experience the second issue. Nerds, friends, Buzz fam: we are so lucky that this amazing book is out there on the shelves. Buy it!
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