Comic Review: Bodies #2
Si Spencer continues to confuse and intrigue readers of his limited series Bodies, published by Vertigo, in the second issue titled “Identity.”
WRITER: Si Spencer
ARTIST: Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Dezi Sienty and Taylor Esposito
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2014
It’s hard to say what happened in Bodies #2 because nothing much actually did. This issue’s title is “Identity” which I found to be quite appropriate. Instead of moving the plot along, this issue is used to further develop the four detectives’ personalities and identities. This issue really only created more mysteries and questions for me. As the issue contains four storylines, it is understandable that there isn’t much movement in plot.
We learn that 1890’s Hillinghead is a gay man, 1940’s Weissman is a Jewish gangster, and 2014’s Shahara is a Muslim woman (this was developed further from Issue #1). Though it was actually really interesting to read a comic with such a diverse cast, these characterizations have yet to be developed fully and have mostly been used for readers to easily identify the characters. Each detectives’ section is only about 6 pages so I’m sure it’s hard to advance the story and a character’s identity.
The thing that stood out to me in this issue, just like in the first, was the artwork. It’s incredible; each artists work impeccably captures the time period it is representing while both contrasting and complementing the others’ work. Dean Ormston’s 1890 is bleak and creepy; Tula Lotay’s 2050 is dreamy and weird and makes you feel a little delirious; Meghan Hetrick’s 2014 is clean, light, and undefined; Phil Winslade’s 1940 emulates classic comic book art. Lee Loughridge’s coloring bring each section to life. I think my favorite this section was 1890, which is an eerie black and white accented with red to give it that underlying violent feel. I think the section that most contrasts with this is 2050’s light pastels that has a delightfully trancelike feel – I wasn’t even surprised when a zombie popped up because I felt like I was in a dream.
Overall, this issue didn’t advance the plot much and honestly confused me even more. The series is moving more slowly than other comics I’ve read but this is due to the nature of how it has been structured, four timelines packed into each issue. Even though I ended up more confused, I am still very curious to find out what is happening – where did that body come from?! I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue of Bodies.