Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Dennis Calero
Letters by Simon Bowland
Art direction by Alex Ross
Covers by Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Jae Lee, Adrian Syaf
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Masks #2 is pulp heroes at its best. I only wish DC Comic would’ve handled their pulp line as well as Dynamite does here. They’ve created a shared universe for all their characters that makes sense, is fun, and turns out to be one heck of a good time.
Writer Chris Roberson really goes a fantastic job in this issue. The previous issue introduced the villains and heroes, this is issue is where the team starts to take shape and head into action. A lot of company crossovers seem forced, going to great lengths to bring the heroes together, but here, it’s done in such a natural way, you never even think twice about the believability of the story. Roberson also introduces new characters in this issue and furthers the actions of the villains, forcing the team to get organized and ready to go. This is a REALLY well-written issue, and, so far, the comic reads a lot better in monthlies than it will in trade. Every issue so far has ended on a cliffhanger and when you’re reading a trade, all you do is turn the page, but it really helps that you get a month break to absorb the story and speculate at what might be coming next month.
Dennis Calero is one heck of a great artist. He really creates a look to this world of pulp heroes that it both realistic and fantastic at the same time. I’m guessing he’s done some heavy research because everything in the book looks like it belongs in the 1930’s. My only complaint is occasionally throughout the book, his page layouts are a little rough. He tries to do something new and different, and it just doesn’t come across as that great. Other than that, it’s an awesome looking book!
Another great issue in this series! Lots of action, mystery, suspense, and good old fashioned fun! If you think pulp heroes are for your grandfather, you are poorly mistaken. Give this book a chance and you’ll be hooked!