|Men of Wrath 2 standard cover|
by Garney and Milla
As with issue #1, we open with a piece of Rath family history, picking up a generation later and seeing the transition from Alford Rath to Monroe. The scene is violent, even more so than what was witnessed last issue, but it has to be for what is coming up. Aaron and Garney exploit this peg as much as possible to hang the story on.
Men of Wrath 2 provides some necessary context for our main plot—the arrival of Ira and his job offer to kill his son—by providing context about why this is happening. In a brilliant move, Aaron has kept the story rather simple; we don't have to get cluttered by complexity, which means we get to delve into who the main characters are and what is motivating them.
Instead of this month being taken via flashback and aided by the narrative device of sheep, we get to roam among the horses. Aaron uses farm animals and their involvement with the Rath history as device for showing the audience the similarities and differences between generations of Rath men.
|Blood, fear and grit set the tone and mood in Men of Wrath.|
|Rueben Rath takes center|
stage in issue 2.
The art by Ron Garney is gripping in its stark tone and moody overture. The emotive states of the protagonists and antagonists in Men of Wrath 2 are great to see displayed. Garney's panel arrangement and placement is smooth and flows well, allowing the reader to progress through the story with ease.
Matt Milla's colors continue to be very appropriate. They not only match the tone the story is achieving but also support the emotional strain and imagery Aaron and Garney are pitching. The contrast of different scenes with flashbacks in different hues of color helps set the story flow and help the reader understand where in the narrative we are at a given point throughout the issue. In this way Milla not only complements Garney's work but also establishes exactly what he is able to bring to Men of Wrath in his own right.
|Simple panel layout and an easy pace guide the eye through wondrous terror.|
If you aren't yet reading this worthwhile series, I suggest you quickly do so. It is that good. Mature content is an obvious one here though, so best to keep that in mind. However, if you are already reading it, tell us what you think. How do you think this compares to Scalped? Is Men of Wrath better, worse, or different? Make sure you leave a comment below or post on our Facebook page.