Tensions Increase! SURFACE TENSION #2 Review

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Gail Williams goes for a dip...

99% of the world’s human population has walked into the sea, drawn by mysterious coral structures.  This was part of the ‘sea sickness’ and in the salt water, they have dissolved, gone for good. 

Or, maybe not.

Megumi Suzuki and Ryan Fisher, have just walked back out of the ocean to the island of Breith where a small community remains. The pair have returned with blue skins and blank memories, this second instalment sees some of those memories returning. 

It also shows us that Meg and Ryan aren’t the only things to have come out of the sea. This intruding monster is looking to make a connection - a very human thing to crave - and is suitably monstrous and intriguing in its abilities. This draws on the reader's curiosity about just what it is searching for and what it will do when it gets it.

Moving back to the Blue Buddies, their returning memories that are shown in flashback, and are at once similar, yet very different; both are about family, and while revealing, both leaving the reader with questions. Meg goes back twenty years to when her parents were exposed to toxins in Japan, and in her memory we see a caped man of blue swirl and stone face, an entity that seems to draw Meg on, and will hopefully been seen again.

Back to the ‘now’, and Meg asks an interesting question: “What if it [the coral] was only helping the Planet and we had to go?” This isn’t the first time humanity has been likened to a virus, and probably won’t be the last, but this is one of the more intriguing ways that the Earth will get its own back.

Ryan’s memories are more human focused, hearth and home, family and relationships. These interactions show how none of us are perfect but with a little love and forgiveness we can work together. Maybe that’s the final message of the piece. Harmony.

Jay Gunn really keeps the story going well with this issue, the writing is engaging and enjoyable, the graphics good. There is clearly so much more to see and I am looking forward to it. The back page image of the third issue cover is really rather absorbing too. Can’t wait.

Well I always finish these things with a rating, so here it is - four out of five. Go read and enjoy.

Gail lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!

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