Review: PENNY DREADFUL The Comic Book Issue 2
Maybe Tom King doesn’t quite possess TV series creator John Logan’s ability to craft lyrical, almost poetic dialogue, but his plotting, his handling of the characters, feels exactly the same as we are used to from the television series. This comic truly is the continuation of the same storyline we fell in love with and were underhandedly deprived of—but I’m not gonna take any shots at Logan this week about his premature cancellation of the show and subsequent lying about his plan and his motivations for doing so—rather I won’t take any MORE shots at him—jerk—because I want to focus on the new comic series and everything that is right about it, which is just about everything.
Alright, everything past this point must be labeled SPOILER WARNING!
So Lily is good now? Working for the Church, or at least some Nun, undercover and infiltrating the servants of Belial? Interesting. What are her motivations? Redemption? Is she trying to be good so that, when she and Ethan are reunited, he won’t be disappointed in her? Does she have ulterior motives? And Ethan may be learning to control his lycanthropic nature? That would make him a hirsute superhero of sorts, truly the Lupus Dei, the Wolf of God, fighting for the cause of good—on purpose this time. And the Mummy can raise the dead? Control an army of zombies? Cool. That scene of him standing at Vanessa’s grave—foreshadowing, maybe? The servants of Lucifer want to reunite their master with Vanessa by making her body his physical host; I don’t know if I could deal with a sexy, female Lucifer, although it’s hard to imagine any depiction more appropriate, now that I think about it. We’re gonna get Vanessa back, then, but it doesn’t seem that she’s going to be the same one we know and love. Eh, I’m okay with that. But where is the Monster? They could use his help squashing some of those zombies.