NEW ROMANCER #2 Review - Warped Factor - Words in the Key of Geek.

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Gail Williams goes on a second date...

We’re back with bad boy Casanova and his evil plan, which seems like an odd thing to say when his evil plan is based on the idea that love is in the air.

I thoroughly enjoyed the letter of complaint on page two. I've never jumped off a ship to avoid a guy myself, especially not in a $5,000 dress, but then again, I've never worn a $5,000 dress or been on that kind of boat. I can’t imagine quite how bad other dates have to have been for page three to declare that this was the woman’s “best date ever!” That has to suggest a poor track record, right?

Still yacht girl, Felicity, wants to see Dwayne (the dweeb) again, unfortunately he’s just been arrested for lewd acts in a public cemetery. Felicity really needs some help.

Lexy, however, is convinced that her intuitive romance algorithm “Kicks ass!” The real kicker of course is that the dating agency needs to find their richest client, Felicity, the date of her life in order to keep her custom. So Lexy, naturally, thinks of Lord Byron, who she suspects is miserable in this strange new world. Well, if what’s on the pages is Lexy or Lord Byron’s idea of miserable, I could do with some of that misery in my life.

Of course Lord Byron doesn’t get it all his own way, after all, both Incubus and Casanova are looking for him. And Casanova has a friend of Lexy’s, though he seems to be a little tied up right now.

The issue has more to offer. The glimpses into Lexy’s relationship with her father are very interesting and suggests that she’s got more in common with this reanimated Byron than we think. Still, I don’t like to give away endings, but I can tell you it’s a good one. If only half the accounts of Lord Byron and Casanova were true, they’d both enjoy the promised threat at the end of the issue.

I am thoroughly enjoying New Romancer. The writing, the drawing and the humour are all keeping pace with the promise of the first issue. Talking of pace, the pacing of the action is equally spot on. Four out of five.

Gail Williams 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 - Dare you!

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