Archer & Armstrong Volume 2: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior
- I know I said that I was going to wait until I read both of the Atomic Robo trades that I have but I found this at a comic store up the street and I had to pick it up. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior
picks up soon after the first volume ends. Archer & Armstrong are left with no time to catch their breath of process everything that has recently happened to them. Unfortunately, their actions indirectly led to the death of the current Geomancer and this death has drawn the attention of Armstrong's brother, the Eternal Warrior! Now on the run, Archer & Armstrong must try to evade the Eternal Warrior long enough to find the Geomancer's successor while also racing against a rogue faction of the Sect who are obsessed with bringing about the end of all existence. Fred Van Lente continues to make the world of Archer & Armstrong an extremely fun and exciting place while he also dips his toes into some high concept ideas. Personally, I am torn between wanting him to jump further into these concepts and being content with skirting around them. I'm sure that as the story continues to progress, Van Lente will need to go deeper eventually so for now, I will be content because everything else works so well.
Truth be told, I am a little disappointed that Clayton Henry didn't return for the second volume of this series. He did such a great job with The Michelangelo Code
and I have always been a fan of his work, that it was a little difficult for me to discover that he wasn't the permanent artist. Having said that, Emanuela Lupacchino did a fantastic job stepping in and picking up where Henry left off. Stylistically speaking, her art really isn't that different from Henry so the change isn't distracting at all.