Review: The Mission #2

Today saw the release of the second installment of Image Comic’s new mini-series The Mission. In the previous issue we learned that our main character Paul had cancer as he was approached by a mysterious man named Gabe that offered to help him in return for the completion of missions from a higher power of good. In issue #1 Paul was asked to kill a seemingly upright man and there were disastrous results when he failed to play his part in the battle between good and evil.

In issue two of Mission Paul now has to scramble to repair the damage he’s caused by his inaction and rescue a kidnapped girl. Now with the clarity of what needs to be done, Paul goes forth to track down and kill the kidnapper… but does he have it in him to kill someone even knowing what damage they will cause to the world around them?

So far Jon & Erich Hoeber have avoided falling into the typical “You don’t know what powers are really at work” clichés and with a somewhat subtle use of mystery have kept this often overused trope fresh. While the basics of this story have been done many times over, there seems to be something special about this story. Despite being the story of some heavenly avenger, at no time did I feel like I was reading something like Spawn or Hellblazer. Though there are spiritual overtones, the story has not yet left the realm of the believable which is refreshing.

Mission‘s story depth seems to be filling out very well. With two issues now released, you can really start to feel the mystery behind these strange events and the power behind them. Paul is as in the dark as the readers and it’s hard not to feel like you’re standing on the precipice of something very big. The powers at work in this world also seems to have an almost Rube Goldberg design to their actions, as there is rarely direct action and everything happens as a sort of reaction. This leads to a slightly humorous and very tense situation when Paul has his request for a gun approved.

The interior artwork by Werther Dell’edera is very solid. While not as flashy or spectacular as some, the story itself is not flashy or spectacular so it seems a very good fit. While stylized, it is still very functional and serves well at conveying the story without getting in the way. The art is subtle, it is very enjoyable and fits in line with a lot of other work being done by Image artist.

As it stands, Mission is a new comic trying to find its feet as an original work of fiction. It really shows a lot of promise and could easily become a must read, but only if it avoids the pitfalls of overused story elements and clichés. I really hope we get to see a lot of dynamic story telling as Paul tries to balance his home life and job along with his new position as a secret solider against evil. It may not shake your world or be the best comic out there right now, but if you’re looking for something that isn’t capes and cowls while showing a lot of potential for growth, Mission might be a title to take for a test drive.

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

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