Shooting At Shadows On The Wall With Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Caucasus Loss Prevention Specialist Nussbaum has gone missing in the wake of Provo’s attempted public suicide. Caucasus is still reeling from the suicide attempt, and Nussbaum has found himself in a vast subterranean realm of self-styled cattle ranchers and post-society tribes at odds with one another. All of them seem to be former Caucasus employees–and all of them are committing countless safety violations. Nussbaum is intent on arresting or killing them all, but the tribe gets the drop on him. Back above ground, Provo is trying to get back to business, but his assistant is worried that he will try to off himself again.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2 cover by Stefano Simeone
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2 cover by Stefano Simeone

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2 takes another wild turn after its bold opening in this issue. We discover that an entire binary society has formed in the shadow and wreckage of a Caucasus superstore, and Nussbaum, unable to process or tolerate a post-Caucasus life, wants it shut down with extreme prejudice.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated was already loaded with commentary about capitalism and sterile corporate creations, and the second issue just piles it on with ponderings about what a post-capitalist society would look like in the current world and whether it could (or would be allowed) to exist at all. The answer to that latter question is no so long as the current violence-fueled capitalistic structures still exist.

Nussbaum is still a fascinating figure, despite the downright heartless things he does in this issue. He’s practically a walking “Allegory of the Cave” in this subterranean…well, cave. He’s just now discovered that he’s been staring at shadows on the wall, and he wants to kill what cast them.

Stefano Simeone’s artwork continues to be the right level of flexible and crazed to fit the fast-moving action and satire of Patrick Kindlon’s scripting. Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated is downright insane, and that both fuels and is fed by Simeone’s wonderful artwork. The color palette is wild too, and it looks great.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2 is another excellent installment for this still-new AfterShock series. It’s smart, ponderous, and downright wild. It’s got a solid cast of characters, a highly engaging plot, and phenomenal artwork. This one easily earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2 comes to us from writer Patrick Kindlon, artist and cover artist Stefano Simeone, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Final Score: 9/10

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