"Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #2" Comic Review
Written by Ali Chappell
Published by Titan Comics
Written by Chris King
Illustrated by Jesus Hervas
Colored by Jason Wordie
2017, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 3rd, 2017
We are coming at you with issue #2 of the Penny Dreadful series. We left off the first installment with the Duke releasing a powerful mummy onto the gala, where mayhem ensues. We open this issue with the mummy tearing through the crowd of the gala, murdering patrons in his path. However, he pulls some magic out and turns the dead bodies into zombies to help him fight his battles.
While this is happening, we cut to the house of Dr. Seward, where Ethan is trying to control the beast that lives within him. As we learned not only from the show but from volume 1, Ethan is a werewolf and he has no control over it. This is why he went to Dr. Seward for help in the first place. I really enjoy the writing in this section, as we get to delve into Ethan’s mind. We get to honestly see his internal battle with the beast. I truly adore that Vanessa is there in his mind to work with Dr. Seward to help him control the metamorphosis. He is stronger than the beast that lay within him, he just needs to learn to control it.
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I cannot get enough of this series. The fact that they manage to keep the gothic terror that the show started has been amazing to see unfold. The storytelling flows so smoothly and the webs that the characters create are so well woven. However, I have to say that my favorite turn of events is that the mummy, in his rampage to raise the dead, chooses Vanessa’s grave. Hopefully, we shall find out in issue #3 if this happens. I seriously hope it does. A gifted and tortured medium who is now a zombie? Yes please!
The artwork stays true to the first issue and continues to use the pull of color to drive the story. The way that Hervas tells the story through the artwork is wonderful. I love his detail-orientated work that not only stays true to the vision, but to the story and overall tone. I can’t wait to see how this progresses with future issues.
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As well, solid shout out to Tristan Jones for the amazing cover art. Its brutality is beautiful and sets us up for what is to come involving Ethan and Vanessa.
If you haven’t been investing in this series, then you are wasting your life. If you love the show, you need to be reading these comics.