Isola #2

Story by, Brendan Fletcher and Karl Kerschl
Art by, Karl Kerschl & MSASSYK
Letters by, Aditya Bidikar


In the first issue of this series, we were introduced to Captain Rook, a female traveler, and Queen Olwyn. Rook and Olwyn, who is disguised as a tiger, travel along a desolate trail on their way to Isola. Isola is defined as a resting place but is not defined. Along the way, they meet another character, with the appearance of an anthropomorphic by the name of Pring who’d been following the Queen Olwyn. The group is attacked by hunters, causing them to split up. The Queen and her guard are safe; however, they are split off from Pring.

This issue continues from where the previous one left off. Olwyn is tired from the journey and collapses. Captain Rook goes to a nearby village to find food and medical supplies to bring back. While in the village, she meets a young, female anthropomorphic – who is alone. However, the human-animal hybrid character is scared off by a man who tells Captain Rook “not to feed the animals.” The exchange is unexpected and sudden, which makes it hard to determine whether he is friend or foe?

A new character Bedix, a beefy man dressed for adventure, takes Rook to his home. While in his home, Bedix hints about specific information he knows about Rook. Specifically, he knows that the Queen’s brother was found dead, and that Rook was rumored to be the guardian for Queen Olwyn. He whispers, creepily, in Rook’s ear that he could forget that he saw her with a tiger on a trail earlier if she were to persuade him. At this point, Bedix runs from Rook in fear and is quickly surrounded by a pack of wolves. The mystery around this exchange builds the intrigue and interest of the reader. What mystical powers does Captain Rook possess? In issue #1, the hunters called her “The Witch”.  Does this situation affirm this accusation?

The art in this book is gorgeous. The tension builds as the creators add layers to the story. The young girl returns, and Rook takes her along as she goes to locate Olwyn. When she arrives she finds Pring, Olwyn, and the hunters. A pursuit follows and the group is split again. The danger is felt but not for Captain Rook. Queen Olwyn is in tiger form; however, she has appeared weak and unable to protect herself throughout this story. Rook is separated, and Queen Olwyn goes with Pring. We don’t know much about Pring other than the fact that he is sneaky.

Overall I rate this an 8/10 and recommend picking up this book, especially if you are interested in the long game. The creators are slowly building this world, and I’m hoping that there will be a significant payoff for patience. The art is amazing, especially the twilight and night scenes colored in grays and blues.

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Tom Zimm
I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist that works with children. I've been interested in comic book heroes since I was a young child. However, it's been in the last 3-4 years that I've been making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list. DC's Rebirth really won me over, especially Geoff Johns' 80-page book. My favorite properties include The Flash and The Incredible Hulk. My criteria for a good comic book include taking stupid and fun seriously while remaining self-aware.