‘Joyride #2’ Comic Review
written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly; art by Marcus To; colors by Irma Kniivila
I’ve been looking forward to this book, issue two of Boom! Studios’ Joyride series. And if nothing else, I think I enjoyed this more than issue one, and that’s saying something.
This does what any good follow-up should do. It deepens the plot, develops already existing characters, and introduces new ones. Kelly and Lanzing have written a story that belts along at a decent pace and really makes you connect with the characters along the way.
When I reviewed issue one, my main gripe was that Dewydd as a character wasn’t very compelling and didn’t seem as developed as the others. Well, this issue blows that out of the water as Dewydd finds his voice. Where the first issue focused more on Uma, Dewydd gets his chance to shine here and starts to come out of his shell. It’s great because I’m finding him more relatable as a result of this development. Catrin is still the good soldier whose training and loyalty says they should go back to Earth but ends up becoming a helpful member of the group regardless. Uma’s character is as we saw her in issue one, which is fine as she was quite well-developed to begin with. She kind of reminds me of Spider-Man in that she’s always talking and joking while in action.
New characters are brought in as well. At the beginning we’re introduced to Dewydd’s older brother who is the Special Interceptor who must pursue them and bring them back to Earth. We’re also introduced to our first non-human main character in the form of Kolstak, a being who’s after an object that Uma has stolen. By the end of the book, he’s on the run with the other three. Hopefully we’ll get to see some more of this character.
The artwork maintains its excellent quality and, in fact, improves on it. This issue features a lot more alien species and architecture and it’s pulled off fantastically. We’re given a colorful vibrant environment aboard what is essentially an outer space shopping mall.
This series has gone from strength to strength in just two issues. Boom! Studios are knocking it out of the park at the moment with their output. Kudos to all involved. Now I just have to impatiently wait for issue three.