The Dizzying Vehicular Madness Of Spy Seal #2

by Hannah Means Shannon

Spy Seal, which raised that massive conversation online about how indie comics are supported by press, publishers, and fans, arrived for its second issues of measured madness from superb cartoonist Rich Tommaso.

The book, which takes influence from Herge’s Tintin, rockets through the international spy genre of fiction and film with suave 50s to 60s stylings, and leaves us in the wake of a fast-paced story with breathless precision.

This time around, the comic is also full of great vehicular chases and surprising moments.

Just so you get a taste of the over-the-top mechanized elements in slick design, here’s a selection of those chase moments:

Well, there’s the awesome car-that-turns-into-a-motorcyle and the fabulous moment when it transforms, mid-chase.

Then we’ve got our twin crocodiles (alligators?) rocking a roadster.

But let’s not forget the yellow biplane that something of a symbol for the entire series, the feature of lavish end-paper patterns in each comic, and a fixture of the opening and closing of this issue. Yes, that does involve the chance for a watery, high-speed aerial death for Spy Seal, of course.

Of course there’s a train, come on. And there’s drama on the rails, too.

But let’s not leave out the actual physical running in this issue. This might be the most chase-y spy comic issue I’ve ever read. Tommaso’s hands must be falling off at this point from drawing such a compressed and active issue.

That’s the thing–this issue isn’t a fast read even though it’s fast-paced since Tommaso levers-in so much storytelling. Meaning it’s good value as an adventure for readers.

Check out the very worthy, entertaining, and madcap series Spy Seal, and also check out Tommaso’s luscious original art on the series, which is for sale.

For previews and reviews of issue #1 of Spy Seal, you can find those here, too.