After reading the first issue of this intense new series, I was ecstatic to get my hands on Cluster #2! From BOOM! Studios, written by Ed Brisson with art by Damian Couceiro, Cluster focuses on main character Sam Simmons a.k.a. Samara, who was taken to a prison called Tranent which houses criminals that signed up for Global Outreach Enterprises Military Inmate Deployment, (M.I.D.).
When we left off with this last issue, we learned about the "punch," which I can now talk about. The "punch" is a way that the leaders of M.I.D. control their inmates. When everyone is sent off on missions, if they don't return within 24 hours the "punch" is activated and causes your insides to slowly liquefy. Sounds painful, right? So, at the end of the last issue, the inmates lost their mode of transportation in the heat of battle which put them in a very tricky situation.
Cluster #2 picks up where we left off, but we get to check in with the leaders of Tranent, and learn more about why Sam Simmons is so valuable. While the leaders assume everyone is dead out in the field, the colorful cast of characters is trekking away, attempting to get back. Besides, the interesting interactions that we get to witness between the characters, I love the environment of this book. It's so futuristic and unique. We learn about another culture besides the Pagurani's called the Ranese, who are more timid folk, but not by much. Also, I really enjoy the whole communicating through holograms thing. It's an added bonus that makes me think of Star Wars, so you know I'm a satisfied reader.
Couceiro's illustrations have so much depth, and when you gaze at the crazy looking creatures, it's impossible not to be impressed. Overall, Brisson provides us with another action packed, fast paced issue with a great script. This issue had a nice balance between plot building and character development. If you haven't had a chance to read Cluster yet, and you're a fan of sci-fi books, don't waste another minute! This book is for you.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.