Synopsis: In issue 2 of ‘The Apocalypse Handbook’ Mycroft is forced to battle a monstrous abombination in the bowels of Buckingham Palace, as a courtly conspiracy threatens the world with steampunk weapons of mass destruction! With only his wits to aid him, Mycroft is soon set on a globe-trotting mission to reclaim the plans for the weapons – before they fall into more nefarious hands!
Review: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar continues the story from where he last left off.
Mycroft has been called to Buckingham Palace before a young Queen Victoria who with help lays out the mission. Which in essence is to retrieve a series of steampunk weapons of mass destruction and prevent an apocalypse.
During the issue it is revealed that the Prime Minister of Great Britain was a science fiction fan and futurist and he’d secretly gathered together a gaggle of the eras greatest scientists and futurist. Jules Verne being on of the names amongst them. Inevitably one of the scientist broke bad and stole blueprints and inventions and is trying to sell them off to the highest bidder.
As a means to show the buyers what is possible. A series of deadly demonstrations have been arranged. One of which takes place while Holmes is getting his mission parameters.
In fact most of the issue is Holmes getting his mission parameters, but that does not mean it is slow. The wit and verb and banter between Holmes his boss and the Queen is a lot of fun and the way in which the Queen relates what happened and how they have royally screwed things up was wonderfully written and illustrated.
Once again the art work and attention to detail from Joshua Cassara is fantastic and is helped along with brilliant colours from Luis Guerrero. I particularly enjoyed the flash back of all the scientist and futurist on page 7.
Again the action in Apocalypse handbook is brilliantly drawn and laid out and has a certain cinematic quality that makes you want to see this as a movie or even an animated film. Hopefully someone out there with the skills and the passion will one day make the film.