Saving The Skin Eater: Reaver #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The motley team of prisoners has begun their quest to the Anvil. Styrian is already complaining about the conditions under which they travel as they enter Rael territory. There, they must defer to the knowledge of Rekala, who is a Rael herself. She informs Mahan of how minimal his knowledge of  Rael ways he is. The team sets up camp for a night, and Mahan is awakened by the sorcerer when Rekala escapes during the night. He goes after her, but instead he finds a Rael clan of warriors bearing down on their camp.

Reaver #2 cover by Beckly Cloonan
Reaver #2 cover by Beckly Cloonan

Reaver #2 finds our crew of criminals and killers already well into the journey to the Anvil, and conditions have gotten treacherous.

The personality clashes are well underway, even if the team is aware of how necessary they are to one another’s survival…as unlikely a prospect as survival is for this crew.

Stygian’s verbosity annoys the others to no end, no one trusts the sorcerer, and Mahan is terrified of the Devi’s Son. Despite that Mahan and Rekala have seemed to take a liking to one another despite how distasteful Mahan seems to find Rekala’s culture.

What’s important is that this Dirty Dozen-style team is full of interesting and engaging characters, and their quest puts an impossible and ugly challenge before them. I find myself already locked into this series, and I want to see where it goes.

Reaver #2 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Jon Moisan
Reaver #2 art by Rebekah Isaacs, Alex Guimarães, and letterer Jon Moisan

Rebekah Isaacs artwork is clear, creative, and appealing. Each character has a unique style and manner of carrying themselves which tells the reader something about their personality. Rekala in particular has a distinct and interesting appearance from her clothing to her facepaint and disheveled hair.  Alex Guimarães color art explodes off the page and keeps the eye trained on every panel.

Reaver #2 continues this story of killers and thieves saving an empire in a highly entertaining manner. We get to see how the team gets along with one another and how they react in a deadly situation. There is a lot to grab onto with this book, and it easily earns a recommendation. Check this one out.

Reaver #2 comes to us from writer Justin Jordan, artist Rebekah Isaacs, color artist Alex Guimarães, letterer Jon Moisan, and cover artist Becky Cloonan.

Final Score: 8/10

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