Continuing the first issue’s Michael Mann-esque ghostly crime tale, issue two packs in quite a lot of story into its pages. We get more of a glimpse into the backstory of who (but not necessarily what) is haunting the main characters – in more ways than one.
The artwork is once again absolutely phenomenal, with a contemporary night time cityscape that positively glows on the page. It’s wonderfully done and, as was the case with the first issue, incredibly atmospheric. The flashbacks are far starker and less varied in terms of colour, which is a very effective way of distinguishing between past and present.
We do get a much more explicit and quite shocking piece of violence this issue as the tension ramps up, both for us and the protagonists, though the supernatural elements seem dialled back after they escalated so quickly at the climax of issue one.
There’s a delve into what the situation is for the made men and other characters caught in their orbit, on both sides of the law, which adds a bit more depth than was seen in the previous issue – it’s definitely a welcome layer that gives us more insight into the position the main characters have got themselves into – and why it’s so important that they leave their old lives behind as quickly as they can; we quickly realise that there’s more than just a supernatural threat for them to deal with.
We also start to get the sense that none of this is going to end well for anyone that’s involved. Personally, I can’t wait to see the story develop further in issue three.
Many thanks to AWA Studios for providing me with a copy of Old Haunts #2 for review purposes, as well as the artwork seen throughout the article.
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