Hardcore #2 (Image Comics)
Yeah, I don’t usually review two issues of a series in a row, but I was so impressed with Hardcore‘s first issue that I had to check in and update you all on issue two, and I’m pleased to say that it’s even better than the first one. Now that the initial set up is out of the way, Andy Diggle and Alessandro Vitti are free to up the action to the extreme, and it makes for a pretty wild adrenaline rush of a comic.
Trapped in the body of his new target, Agent Drake has to not only find a way back to his home base, but also out from under the ruthless drug lord that his human target works for. That makes for a ridiculous action issue-long chase, where Drake is simultaneously outrunning a drug lord AND trying to reach his agency to inform them of him being double-crossed. Andy Diggle’s script is pretty sparse on the dialogue, but he makes up for that with some pretty ingenious action set pieces.
Those set pieces, of course, look awesome because of Alessandro Vitti’s art. Car chases are incredibly difficult to pull off effectively in comics, but Vitti’s art is so well done that you completely forget that you’re looking at static images. The chase sequence is fantastic, and really brings up the stakes in an entertaining way.
I have no idea how Hardcore is going to end, but I can’t wait to see how Diggle and Vitti wrap this all up. These two issues have been a very pleasant surprise, giving a fun and ingenious new spin on the spy genre. If you’re looking for something along the lines of The Bourne Identity mixed with Face/Off, then this is the book for you.