Review by: ComicBookGuy37

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Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Scott McDaniel and Rob Hunter
Cover by Guillem March
Variant cover by Gene Ha

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

I’ll hand it to Paul Cornell, he’s making the best of this bad situation; not only is he reduced to fill-in writer on a series that’s featured Grant Morrison for every issue up to his arrival, but he’s also had to rush the story together. Saying that, this issue’s story was much stronger than the first instalment’s; it’s still not fantastic, or even on par with the worst plotted issues of Morrison’s run, but it’s still enjoyable. The new foe, the Absence, has a decent enough origin and she fits into Cornell’s apparent obsession with overlarge household items. The art, on the other hand, from Scott McDaniel is just insulting. Considering McDaniel was once one of the best artists in the business, it’s horrible to look at his work now and feel the sense of revulsion I do looking at almost every page. I say almost, because there are still some moments of genius, which elevate it slightly above the awfulness of the first issue; this one is less rushed and shows some sparks of promise, but ultimately doesn’t deliver. In the end, it’s worth reading this; many people will find something to love here, but for me, this is just a plodding arc between two (surely) better ones.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 2 - Average

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