REVIEW: Celtic Knights #2

Celtic Knights #2

“The Best Of What’s Left Part 2”

Written by: Stephen Coffey
Art by: Mike Kennedy
Cost: €3.00
REVIEW: The eagerly awaited second issue of Stephen Coffey and Mike Kennedy’s Celtic Knights has hit shelves recently. With a strongly praised first issue that was released in February, anticipation was high that the strong start could be continued featuring an eclectic cast of Irish misfits parading around under military instruction following the deaths of 90% of the world’s superhero population.
After finishing the first issue which was clearly a ‘set up’ issue Coffey ramps up the action a hundred fold in this issue and lets the team loose in their first mission together. The script is interspersed with Coffey’s usual mix of seriousness and humour and he is well practiced at balancing the two. With such a large cast of characters as this book has, Coffey does a commendable job of giving everyone a decent amount of screen time without it seeming like he has to do that. These characters bounce off each other quite well and you get the feeling that they are beginning to gel as a team which has great timing considering the gravity of the situation they find themselves in this issue.
With the story now in full flow, the character of the Junker has come to the fore as someone I would like to see more of in the form of a one shot or some arc character specific to him. His background and how he is written suggest that Coffey has fun writing him and if that’s the case he could be a fun character to focus on.
Mike Kennedy has thrown himself heart and soul into this book and it shows with a string of strong visuals in the book. Whatever about writing a large cast of characters and trying to achieve a balance, attempting to structure pages and panels with a large task is no east feat but one that I feel that Kennedy pulls off. The issue is action packed so Kennedy’s clean and kinetic art style is suited perfectly to the flow that the story takes. Kennedy plays his part in telling the story visually with some nice instances including a rather sore kick to the gonads presented quite viscerally and several great ‘camera angles’ used by the American artist throughout the book.
This issue also contains the first part of a back up story called ‘Herocide’ which tells the tale of a titanic battle that is taking place in Templebar through the medium of the social-sphere and an RTE photojournalist.
The third upcoming issue will conclude this storyline which will bring to an end a long journey for Coffey when it relates to this book. Now that it has its legs under it, it has been worth the wait and in that I have enjoyed it immensely and look forward to the conclusion.