Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2
Written by Steve Niles
Illustrated by Dave Watcher
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Steve Niles and Dave Watcher pack even more punch into Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2 than they did with their breathtaking series launch. This second installment of the three-issue special from Dark Horse gets right down to business with the imminent threat of the German army swarming young Noah’s village in search of the Allied pilot who crash-landed there in issue one, and the story grips the reader tightly until the very last page.
The village is torn between holding their ground or fleeing in hopes of reaching the border before the Germans catch up to them on the road. Noah’s grandfather insists that they stay, keeping the ace up his sleeve that he has a magical backup plan in case things go sour, and the rest of the townspeople reluctantly agree.
Two enemy scouts arrive on a reconnaissance mission and begin searching barns for the missing pilot. When they find him, the pilot’s brash actions result in everything the villagers had hoped to prevent.
Ailing from a gunshot wound, Noah’s grandfather enlists the help of the children of the town and has them collect as many pails of mud as they can carry. He and Noah stay in the village after everyone else retreats, knowing that they are the only ones who can bring life to the Golem in a last ditch effort to save their home. The events that unfold force Noah into the next stage of his life, bringing with it a level of responsibility he never imaged that he’d wield.
Dave Watcher’s artwork shines once again in this emotionally charged tale. His clean, uncluttered frames convey action and tone in a visually economical way that is seldom seen in the horror genre. Best of all, the historical detail that’s carefully woven throughout both the story and the imagery is a key element to the way this series is able to transport the reader to a time and place where the dangers are very real and where folk magic is a logical counter strike to those threats.
Niles and Watcher have built Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem to a tense cliffhanger in this second issue. With their quality of storytelling quickly setting a higher standard for the genre, you can be certain that I’m eagerly awaiting the story’s finale in the third and final installment set for release in August.