In Review: The After Realm #2

After Loki tricks Oona into releasing him from his crystal prison, Oona must trick the trickster in turn to keep her world safe from the chaos she has unleashed.

Synopsis: After Loki tricks Oona into releasing him from his crystal prison, Oona must trick the trickster, in turn, to keep her world safe from the chaos she has unleashed. We also get a glimpse into the larger realms awaiting her next journey!

 

The Story

Picking up mere moments from where the last issue left off. Oona has realized her mistake and is worried about her people and the rangers. She soon finds herself reunited with Piki, but later learns that this version of Piki is not the pixie that she grew up with, but is in fact Loki. Having been ticked by the god Oona develops a cunning plan to trick him right back, and while doing so she learns the truth about her father and mother and why she has always been different from all the other Elvin rangers.

 

The Artwork

 

Michael Avon Oeming does a fabulous job of putting the artwork to his writing and we get some great visuals throughout as Oona leads Loki into a trap. Perhaps one of the best images for me in this issue is when one of the rangers picks up a guitar, which has fallen into their world from Midgard, and says, “What kind of axe has strings?” As a guitar player myself, this little visual gag made me smile.

 

Overall

An awesome second issue, which builds on the story and sets things up beautifully for Oona’s further adventures as she learns more about herself and explores the nine realms in her search. I loved the use of mythology and the playful dialogue between Oona and Pooka her Fairie Goat. I also loved that her being able to trick Loki didn’t mean the end of the story. It was really fun how Loki’s defeat acted as a jumping-off point for Oona’s true journey to begin and given how well this is all set up. I can’t wait to see what new characters and situations that Oeming will throw at us in the next issue.

Overall. A great read. Highly recommended.

9.4
The After Realm #2
  • Covers
    9.2
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.3
  • Lettering
    9.6
  • Colours
    9.3

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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