Vigilante is one of those tough heroes who dress in leather. Sure, he has a backstory that makes sense of his quest for vengeance, and his desire for anonymity. But transporting him out of the comic book universe into reality would make him look a bit like an escapee from a leather bar. So it’s more than appropriate that the hero winds up battling a whip wielding dominatrix in this second issue.
Please do not mistake my light hearted tone for condemnation. I actually really loved the scene, and the perfect absurdity of it made me laugh, while at the same time appreciating its sense of it being an extremely heightened Raymond Chandler-type scene.
Donny survives the explosion that ended the first issue. There was really no doubt of that. And the character comes down off his permanent high to deal with the realities of his wife’s murder, learning a lot from her friends.
Donny puts on the Vigilante costume and starts to follow the trail, heading for a high powered lawyer, who happens to enjoy being dominated and controlled. Vigilante is more interested in getting information from the lawyer, but is forced to fight the dominatrix.
The story moves easily between the slums and high society, more easily than Donny himself does. Elena Casagrande’s art has to be commended for making both realms fit comfortably within the same pages.
Another strong issue, with a solid mystery unfolding, even if Donny is becoming a bit more of a typical hero.