Redemption #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on March 11, 2021

Writer: Christa Faust
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colours: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Steve Wands

The first issue of Redemption introduced readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, steampunk Western. That description alone does an excellent job of preparing readers for what to expect with this series which unfolds with a bloody, relentless savagery and inevitability. There are so many themes being explored in this series, chief amongst them the theme of redemption. Watching the story unfold against the violent landscape the comic is set in is an absolute joy.

Christa Faust doesn’t waste any time introducing the world or the characters to the story, rather than getting bogged down with needless exposition and worldbuilding she just gets on with telling the story, and the comic is so much stronger for it. It’s clear that a lot of time and care has gone into the worldbuilding, and the setting isn’t just an afterthought, but that’s not what this story is about. It’s a rich world filled with all kinds of potential for other stories, but she isn't telling those stories. She just wants to tell a violent tale of revenge and redemption.

The whole comic oozes style and attitude. Cat Tanner, The Butcher, is filled with a world-weariness which contrasts nicely with Rose and her youthful determination. It’s when the two begin to connect and form a bond that the comic really starts to shine. For all the barriers Tanner puts up, and distance she tries to keep, eventually the two begin to bond. Faust gives us a reluctant teacher and a willing student. And of course, since this is a Western as well, there’s plenty of gun fights and action shots, beautifully brought to life by Mike Deodato Jr’s art.

Deodato’s art is always incredible, and he does an excellent job of capturing the bleakness of this post-apocalyptic world. A number of the main characters will look familiar and it’s a joy to work out who they’re based off. The future tech all looks weathered and old, an interesting juxtaposition which fits in nicely with the post-apocalyptic Western vibe that the comic pulls off so easily. The action, when it arrives, is brutal and quick, and looks incredible. Lee Loughridge is one of the best colourists in the business, and here he reminders readers why that is. During the day everything is covered in a yellow sheen which really evokes that dusty wasteland feel, and at night everything is dull and bleak.

An exciting comic which explores some deep themes, the description of Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Western should be enough to get readers excited for this mini-series. There’s everything that readers could want from that insane combination of genres, which fit together in a way that feels natural. It’s watching the two characters beginning to connect where the comic really shines though. Deodato and Loughridge do an incredible job with the art, filling the comic with atmosphere and style.

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