After a blisteringly paced first issue – that introduced us to the eponymous supercar and its new best friend, ex-con Jim – the second issue gives us a clear antagonist and a glimpse into the neon-drenched world that the Chariot’s previous owner (and current occupant) has been trapped in since the ’80s.
As was the case with issue one, it’s a compelling read with incredibly strong art and brilliantly evocative colours – by Marco Lesko – that perfectly capture the synthwave ambience writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Priscilla Petraites are aiming for. To top it all off, we have another glorious cover from Jeff Dekal, this time showcasing our genetically altered, newly introduced villain.
(Note: if you’re looking for the perfect musical accompaniment to Chariot as you read, I’d highly recommend checking out Lazerhawk’s fantastic album Redline, which beautifully encapsulates the ambience of Chariot from beginning to end. You can find it here.)
The AWA/Upshot-published Chariot is shaping up to be my favourite new series of 2021; the blend of 80s sci-fi action with retro-futuristic synthwave aesthetics has an effortlessly cool style that couldn’t be more up my street if it tried. The cliffhanger is a doozy too; issue three can’t arrive soon enough. If you haven’t yet caught up with this excellent comic, I’d urge you to check it out as soon as you can.
Chariot #2 will be available to purchase from the 14th of April 2021. Many thanks to AWA Studios for providing me with a copy of Chariot #2 for review purposes.
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