The Sleeper Awakens In Gogor #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Gogor has awakened, and the Domus soldiers immediately attack. Gogor easily beats them back, and Armano tries to get him to return to Academea. However, Gogor wants to go to Bogwell Major. Wexil procures a hot air balloon ride and takes Armano and Gogor to Bogwell Major, taking Armano’s shrew to meet the two at Bogwell Minor. Back at Academea, General Magus of the Domus enlists an assassin to go after Armano and Gogor.

Gogor #2 cover by Ken Garing
Gogor #2 cover by Ken Garing

Gogor #2 formally introduces us to the title character with a swift beatdown laid upon the Domus soldiers. Gogor himself is an elemental creature of few words and big muscles, and he seems to have his own will of greater import than Armano.

There’s something reminiscent of Swamp Thing in the character of Gogor–and not just because they are creatures of plant and soil. Like Swamp Thing, Gogor is a mystical creature of great power that has some trouble communicating its intentions to others, though Gogor is significantly less chatty than Swamp Thing.

That said, one of the most appealing things about Gogor is how fresh and imaginative it is. It has its own world with a unique design and appealing characters. It follows some of the fantasy formula, but it does so with so many layers of creativity on top that every page brings something new.

Gogor #2 also introduces us to some of the notable figures among the Domus, mainly General Magus. He’s a powerful man of little patience, and he will hopefully play a good antagonist to Armano and Gogor.

Gogor #2 art by Ken Garing
Gogor #2 art by Ken Garing

Ken Garing’s artwork continues to be greatly imaginative and awe-inspiring. The world of Gogor has a very distinct design, presented well by the great detail given to each panel. The action scenes look phenomenal to boot, and Garing’s color art gives Gogor deep and vibrant shades that flesh out the personality of this world.

With action, adventure, and boundless mysteries, Gogor #2 follows up the stellar first issue with another knockout of a fantasy comic. Gogor, Armano, Wexil, and the rest are charming and interesting characters living in a stunningly-imagined world rendered by phenomenal artwork. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

Gogor #2 comes to us from writer, artist, letterer, and cover artist Ken Garing.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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