30th Jul2014

‘Alien Legion: Uncivil War #2’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Written by Chuck Dixon, Carl Potts | Art by Larry Stroman | Published by Titan Comics | Format:Paperback, 32pp


Force Nomad have been tasked with providing humanitarian (and all other species) support to refugees fleeing a civil war which has broken out on the Planet Harkon. Looking forward to a easy mission of peacekeeping and order, Nomad are surprised to find smugglers hiding among the refugees who have no problem with using the fleeing natives as cover. It only takes one itchy trigger finger to turn a peaceful mission into a chaotic war zone of galactic proportions.

As I take my second tentative step into the Alien Legion series, I am once again thrown in head first to an explosive issue of space combat, a plethora of alien races and a whole bunch of alien phrases which make my brains turn into a soft putty in my head. If there is one comic which needs a ‘previously’ section to tell the reader what happened last issue, it is this one. I vaguely remember a quite confusing story about refugees and aliens, but a brief summary would have been a nice addition. Of course, there isn’t one. The result is that the comic feels like wading through thick mud as you try to figure out what is going on, who the main characters are (I now have a better idea… although I am still not sure) and who is where and why.

Now this comic is not terrible, the action is clear and well paced. The space battles and alien monsters make the sci-fi fan inside me grin wildly in excitement and the fight scenes are numerous and brutal. However, I find it hard to connect with ‘Force Nomad’ because I just don’t know the characters. As I said in my previous review, newcomers to Alien Legion should not start with this series because you will find yourselves lost and frustrated. Why are two of the characters arguing to a point where they nearly kill each other? How many characters are in this team? These are examples of questions I asked whilst reading this but was provided with no answers too and more explosive action instead.

I am confused. I am lost. I am scared. OK maybe I am not scared, but I am definitely confused and lost by Alien Legion: Uncivil War #2. It tries, it really does and for the most part it achieves what it sets out to do as I get the general gist of the storyline. But I don’t want the general gist. I want to be hooked on the story, right there in the action with the heroes of the tale. But sadly, that just didn’t happen for me with this issue.

 Alien Legion: Uncivil War #2 is out now from Titan Comics.


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