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Review: Frostbite #2


By Andy Frisk
October 27, 2016 - 21:02

As the Keaton and her crew continue their quest to safely transport their precious cargo (who just might be carrying a solution to the man made Ice Age dominating the planet), they run into various roadblocks, one of which is Keaton's lingering guilt over her actions last issue.


Frostbite, along with Lucifer, remains one of Vertigo Comics' best offerings currently. This is not just because of the unique premise of the story, but because of the brilliant artwork of Jason Shawn Alexander. While this issue of Frostbite really does little more than set the stage for the "Mad Max in winter" theme of the next issue, Williamson still manages to develop his protagonists in an interesting way by continuing to build a well defined dynamism into their characterization. This is a good thing here, particularly because Alexander's art is so good that it threatens to tip the balance between story vs. art that is so important for a work of sequential art to succeed.

Alexander's art is so strong though that it does almost overpower Williams' story, rendering the book more of a pretty visual than a complete issue of a comic book. The touches that Williams adds to this post-apocalypic world, like the heat store, give Alexander a great outlet for his talents, and stabilize the balance between story and art. If the book ends up a "Mad Max in winter" story for a few issues though, we can at least be reassured that Alexander's art will find and pull out the necessary characterization that the story needs, much like George Miller's direction created a much deeper story in Mad Max Fury Road with it's visuals.

Yes, I'm comparing Jason Shawn Alexanders' art to George Millers visually stunning direction. Frostbite is that good visually. I for one can't wait until the next issue.

Rating: 8 /10

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