In my review of the first issue of Primordial, I noted just how mindblowing the artwork was — and it’s no less so in this second issue. There’s a realism to the earthbound scenes, coupled with a huge scale cosmic surrealism in the sequences that take place beyond our world. It’s phenomenal stuff.

This issue takes us back to the origins of Soviet space dog Laika, giving us insight into how she ended up being launched into space – and also some tantalising glimpses into where she ended up after she disappeared. Meanwhile, back on Earth, more players are revealed as part of the cover-up.

Jeff Lemire has hit upon a truly compelling concept with the missing animals and their new place in the universe, coupled with the Cold War/Space Race paranoia back on Earth. Andrea Sorrentino provides the aforementioned extraordinary art, his layouts being astonishing in their composition and style. It’s truly compelling and an absolute blast to read; it’s one of those comics that demonstrates the raw power and unique strengths of the art form. Stunning.

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