Monday, June 20, 2011

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #2

The second issue of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors continues the lighthearted approach to super-villaining.

In this issue written by Mark Andrew Smith, the focus moves away (mostly) from the students in this most unusual school to some antics of heroes and villains outside Gladstone's walls.

While the students follow the action being televised live, we see a popular hero and villain mixing it up in the sky over Tokyo - but all is not as it seems.

The mystery at the heart of that battle also shows up at the door of the school as several villains square off in an inventive battle royal.

The tone is light and the story is fun, but this issue doesn't advance the story much further than last issue - so here's hoping for more next time around.

The art is a lot of fun, and Armand Villavert apparently has a good time designing scads of characters, monsters and big battles. My only suggestion would be for a little more variety in angles - almost everything is "seen" from an eye-level point of view.

But those are just quibbles. This comic is a fun, action-packed romp, and well worth checking out.

Grade: B+


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