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27: Second Set #1 Review

Written by Christian Hoffer on Monday, September 19 2011 and posted in Reviews

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The next, new reader-friendly chapter in the 27 saga begins HERE. Almost a year after the events of 27: FIRST SET, Will Garland, down-on-his-luck rock star, is desperate to recapture his lost fame. How far will he go, and will he encounter more cosmic craziness and intense action on the way? Answers: very far indeed, and absolutely. But on the plus side - groupies!


Last year, Charles Soule impressed many with 27: First Set, the four-issue Image miniseries that blended rock n' roll and the supernatural. In the 27: First Set, readers are introduced to Will Garland, a guitarist who is forced out of his band after learning he has a degenerative neurological disease. After turning to a mad scientist to fix his hands, Garland has a bizarre piece of machinery imbedded in his chest that allows him bursts of random creativity for three-hour intervals. He also becomes wrapped up in the supernatural origins behind the 27 Club, a tragic group of talented musicians (including Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain) who all died at the age of twenty-seven.   27: First Set ended with Garland vowing never to use the contraption in his chest in hopes of not becoming the next member of the 27 Club.

27: Second Set is the appropriately named next chapter in Soule's creepy rock n' roll thriller. Whereas 27: First Set examined creativity and the price of musical immortality, Second Set focuses on fame. Garland, still without the ability to play guitar with the same ingenuity as before, has faded out of the musical spotlight and has been largely rejected by the musical community. The first issue of 27: Second Set focuses on Garland's new status quo and highlights his increasing desperateness to recapture his fame. By the end of the issue, Garland explodes back into the public's imagination using the bizarre button in his chest and gains the attention of a creepy new antagonist who wants Garland's abilities for herself.

Last year, I mentioned that there's simply nothing like 27 out on the market today. A year later, the comment still stands. Garland is a protagonist like no other in comics today. He is vain, self-serving, and desperate to recapture his fame. Although the events of 27: First Set show that he has a spark of inner nobility, it's overshadowed by his rock 'n roll mentality and his penchant for making self-destructive decisions. Soule has a knack for portraying Garland in a realistic light that highlights his flaws while still making the reader want to root for him. Soule also expertly lays out Garland's new status quo in the first issue, bringing old and new readers up to speed naturally.

Renzo Podesta continues to shine while bringing the world of 27 to life. His abstract, angular style compliments Soule's writing perfectly. Many of his panels are reminiscent of modernist paintings as opposed to the cartoony, semi-realistic art found in most comic books. The abstract style only highlights how different and unique the comic is from other works.

Overall, 27: Second Set #1 is a fine opening salvo into the next chapter of Soule and Podesta's rock n' roll epic. If you enjoy music, horror or good comics, this book is for you. Unlike many sophomore albums, 27: Second Set doesn't falter or disappoint one bit.

Review by: Christian Hoffer

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