Cave Carson starts hitting its stride.
Let me start by saying that I wasn't the biggest fan of the first volume of Cave Carson. I could not put my finger on it, but whatever it was, it just didn't do it for me in Volume 1. As a fan of Michael Avon Oeming's work, I grinded though that volume but unfortunately was then not super enthusiastic about reading this volume. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed Volume 2 over Volume 1. I am glad that I gave this title another shot.
The absolute standout work here is Nick Filardi's colors. Nick's colors absolutely accentuate the craziness that Oeming's art is bringing while giving the book a 60's sci-fi psychedelic flair it needs. The combination of Filardi and Oeming alone is worth reading this volume.
At the core, Cave Carson is very much a family adventurer book. Cave goes through a lot of chatter progression throughout this volume dealing with the loss and 'return' of his wife, encountering this future self and future son, all the while working with his daughter and team to avert destruction. By the end of the volume, Cave feels like more of a complete character to me than the sad sack I perceived him to be throughout the first volume. All the main characters feel more fleshed out moving into the next adventure, the Justice League of America/Young Animal crossover,Milk Wars.
As a bonus, there is back matter written by Mark Russell for each issue, which isn't to be missed. Sometimes, back matter can feel superfluous. Spend the time to read this brief material as it is worth the time, and a bit evocative of Watchmen’s back matter.
Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Vol. 2
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