DAMAGE #2, by Tony S. Daniel, Robert Venditti, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey, continues the story of Ethan Avery as he’s trying to escape the government’s custody, only to run into the Suicide Squad! This issue raises the stakes for Ethan and as well as the bar set by the creative team, creating one of the best second issues of any comic that I’ve read.

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DAMAGE #2 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Where We Left Off

DAMAGE #2 continues from the previous issue with Ethan on the loose. He’s trying to evade capture from the Damage program, which turned him into an inhuman weapon for one hour at a time. The first part of this issue slows down the pace established from the previous one. In the light of that, this was a smart move.

It lets us spend more time with Ethan in human form vs. just Damage doing damage (pun intended). Additionally, Ethan comes off very sympathetic here, almost childlike. Likewise, it helps fill in some of the gaps of what happened to him without spelling everything out. Leaving that mystery to be untangled is a smart move by Venditti.

Squad Goals

Even though DAMAGE #2 starts off relatively slow, it does follow up the promise of a fight with Task Force X established in the previous issue, and it doesn’t disappoint. The fight is brutal, not to mention what happens to Giganta. Cameos from more established character happen in new series all the time. The inclusion of the Suicide Squad is a logical move coupled with the fact that Damage is affiliated with the government and that tends to be the Squad’s expertise.

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Curse Of The Second Issue

If you’re an avid comic book reader, you know that second issues can often be very problematic. There has to be enough momentum to keep the reader interested in the series and many times the second issue doesn’t deliver it. DAMAGE #2 excellently evades this problem.

There’s more than enough backstory and character development to keep the reader interested. There’s plenty of action as well as a killer cliffhanger (seriously, if you can try and avoid the preview cover of DAMAGE #3 because I had and I was very excited to see what’s coming next).

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DAMAGE #2 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Surprises Abound In DAMAGE #2

DAMAGE #2 subverted my expectations. In DAMAGE# 1 we were introduced to Colonel Jonas, a tough as nails spy with an eye patch. While Colonel Jonas is a fun wink and a nod to the competition (Nick Fury), I couldn’t help but wonder why Amanda Waller wasn’t involved until she appears at the end.

This continues this issue. Damage is a massive beast, and I could see some comparisons to other characters in the DC Universe. Robert Venditti cleverly beats us to the punch, however. There’s a part early in the issue where a pair of homeless gentleman tries to make sense of Damage on TV. They mistake him for Doomsday and Tarpit, which put a smile on my face.

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DAMAGE #2 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Top Notch Art

I haven’t spoken much about the art, but I wanted to save the best for last. The art of this issue is just astounding. Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are more than capable of drawing sympathetic humans one moment and an outlandish monster the next. Tomeu Morey compliments all of this with his coloring, giving Damage menacing eyes. Every panel is great to look at. This is a top of the line art team, so having them focus on a brand new character is a smart way of introducing readers to a new concept.

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Final Thoughts

DAMAGE #2 raises the bar of the previous issue. The art is fantastic in every detail, covering subtle moments of emotions to explosive action scenes. DAMAGE #2 shows us more of Ethan as a person while still keeping plenty of mysteries around. It features a knockout fight with the Suicide Squad, which is one of the more intense battles that I’ve seen. It also gives us a great cliffhanger that makes me impatient for the next issue!

DAMAGE #2 by Tony S. Daniel, Robert Venditti, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey
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DAMAGE #2 raises the bar left by the previous issue. It gives us enough sense of the character but keeps us wanting more. The action is fun and brutal with the Suicide Squad's involvement. The art is amazing and worth seeing for yourself!
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