Back at StocktonCon my buddy Dylan who is a marketing wizard for Top Cow and Chris Northrop, the colorist for Eclipse and all around cool guy shared their excitement for the upcoming title “Eclipse”. When the first issue was released the idea of a kind of post-apocalyptic world where humanities biggest threat was the sun got a very positive reaction from readers. So well in fact that Zack Kaplan and Top Cow announced last week that this title has been upgraded to an on-going title. Congratulations to the creative team on what so far has been a great book. With that let’s review issue #2 a bit.
The last image we saw in the previous issue was that of a man that was resistant to the sun. Now David and a team are sent out back into the treacherous daylight to hunt down this mysterious man. During which time we get a glimpse at the past when the sun first turned deadly. Also we get a look at how people live in this world, they have built underground neighborhoods complete with mansions for those who are privileged enough. While they are out trying to find this guy they are lured into a train station with a glass ceiling where he spring a very nifty trap on them and gets away. As they chase him down we finally get a good look at the mystery man and he is wearing priest clothes under the robe. David and Bax follow him to a church where as he enters through a window is faced with a very graphic and gruesome image, an entire church hall filled with burned dead people.
Great cliffhanger for this issue, we are getting closer and closer to finding out who this guy is and how he is able to survive during the day with no evident protection. Kaplan may be hinting the answer to this question as it is mentioned in the book how some people are able to handle extreme cold weather because they have adapted to their environment, could that be the case here? So far it has been a very well put together story and the artwork is a bit of an acquired taste in my opinion but it fits the book so I really don’t have an issue with it. In upcoming issues I would like to see a bit more backstory on the day the sun turned lethal and how the current colonies were built underground, it would make for a very interesting read. Overall once again a solid issue and I look forward to issue #3 next month.
Publisher: Top Cow Productions Inc. / Image Comics
Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artwork: Giovanni Timpano
Colors: Chris Northrop