Since reading #1 of this title last month, I’ve started reading one of China Mieville’s novels, Perdido Street Station (which is excellent so far by the way), so my brain is more in gear with Mieville’s unique mind, and as such, I enjoyed this issue a lot more, even though there was probably too much going on. There’s two ways to judge this book, one is to just admire Mieville’s imagination in coming up with all of the weird different superheroes. This issue featured 8 heroes (and another was mentioned but not seen) and each of them was hilarious, I think my favourite was Shamanticore, but I also liked the one we saw the most of, Iron Snail. These characters are just funny. But as I said, there’s more to this than just silly characters, there’s serious stuff going on here too. Nelson’s friend Darren is brutally murdered by a strange villain, The Squid, who is a pretty big mystery, he seems to be in control, but he’s doing what XN says. And what was with his speech patterns? Hmm. I’m also interested in the red-headed doctor, is she also the masked red-head? Is she XN? What’s her deal? This book is full-to-the-brim with stuff, and I think I’ll need to give it a re-read to fully comprehend what’s going on. But even when you don’t understand, there’s still the fun of Pelican Army and Ctrl-Alt-Del. Mateus Santolouco’s art was brilliant once again too, he’s given a lot to do by Mieville, and he can do it all.