James Tynion and Fernando Blanco got off to an impressive start with the first issue of W0rldtr33. They grounded the story in enough of a real to make the sci-fi aspects work all in context. The corruption angle of someone finding a program to be able to utilize today’s technology in a way that taps into both espionage and horror was fascinating. Now how will Tynion and Blanco follow up? Find out with our advance review of W0rldtr33 #2.
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Fernando Blanco
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
“A new world is coming. And I helped build it.” That’s what Ellison Lane’s teenage brother told him after murdering 60 people. Something called the Undernet is influencing terrible acts of violence…and it may already be too late to stop it from spreading.” – Image Comics
With these opening issues James Tynion and Fernando Blanco have captured making W0rldtr33 feel like an event series. We are thrown in not at the beginning of the world of this comic book. Rather the events we see take place in W0rldtr33 #2 come across as a sequel to a previous event that took place involving our all these characters. That is not an easy thing to do but Tynion and Blanco find a balance in how all the characters and concepts are presented in a way that gets you invested in what is going on.
Continuing the momentum from the first issue, Tynion nails crafting organic dialogue between characters that have known each other for quite some time. Whether there time away from one another or having worked professionally for years, you get a good sense of everyone’s standing with the tone stricken by the writing.
Handling these characters by having them work in different pairs is a smart call. It allows the various dynamics shown in W0rldtr33 #2 to help get a vibe of each of the characters personalities. This allows the different conversations held around the mystery of the return of the Undernet being presented in multiple ways. You get the perspective from the creators to officials working the case to new people in the Undernet.
All of this is tied together by the mysterious naked woman who seems to have mastery in control of the Undernet. There are a lot of questions in terms of who this woman is and what her endgame is. The actions she takes in W0rldtr33 #2 further push this mystery. And given the way we see her operate you are left wondering if anyone can stop her.
As with the first issue, Fernando Blanco, along with colorist Jordie Bellaire, delivers incredible artwork. Blanco captures how the events of W0rldtr33 #2 are happening in a grounded setting. Capturing the world in this way allows the sci-fi aspects to shine even more. Especially with the mysterious woman, Blanco captures how dangerous what is going in the story is. And this leads to W0rldtr33 #2 leaning more into the sci-fi horror that creates an even great fascination into find out what is going on.
James Tynion and Fernando Blanco continue their wild, sci-fi horror ride with yet another special issue in W0rldtr33 #2. The dynamics between all the characters shine through to grow your investment in the world. That investment is further elevated by the story around the Undernet and the mysterious woman whose actions carry the narrative forward. It all comes together for a can’t miss comic book.
Story Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10