Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review of Pariah Issue #2 by Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt

Issue #2:
Print: 32 pgs.  Digital: 27 pgs.
Publication: August 2011 by Sea Lion Books 
Writer: Aron Warner, Philip Gelatt     Artist: Brett Weldele
Cover by: Pat Lee
Publisher: Sea Lion Books
Why are the most elite black-ops forces chasing a 16-year-old girl across the country? Why can't they find her? And why do they want to kill her? Because they think Lila Ellerman is a terrorist who released a deadly virus into the wild. But really, she's just a girl with a crush on a guy named Brandon. Yes, she's figured out the science of controlling anti-matter, but that doesn't make her a criminal. Will she be able to protect her friends and keep them from being taken prisoner, or worse? 

About the Authors 
Aron Warner is the Academy Award®-winning producer of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” series. Mr. Warner joined PDI/Dreamworks in 1997 working as the producer on the animated film, Antz. He is currently in partnership with director Andrew Adamson in Strange Weather where they and partner Jeff Fierson are developing a slate of live action and animated feature films and television shows. He, producing alongside James Cameron, just wrapped the Untitled Cirque Du Soleil 3-D project, which was written and directed by Adamson. Pariah is his first graphic novel series.

Philip Gelatt was born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended NYU where he earned his undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology. He began his career writing for both Oni Press and Dark Horse comics. For Dark Horse he worked on INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES and for Oni he has written a number of original graphic novels including LABOR DAYS volumes 1 & 2 and the forthcoming PETROGRAD (due out August, 2011).
Philip has also written screenplays for both Lionsgate and Misher Films and in 2010 he made his directorial debut with THE BLEEDING HOUSE, a dark thriller that he also wrote. Philip lives in Brooklyn.

                      A Review of Pariah Issue #2
In Issue #1 we learned about Brent a Vitro (term in the Pariah world meaning people with high intelligence). This time around we see things from the perspective of Lila Ellerman a sixteen year-old girl who is actually involved in the explosion that is at the center of the trouble and persecution of other Vitros in Pariah Issue #1 ( See: Review of Pariah Issue #1).  She's on the run with her group of Vitros where the governmment is trying to round them up. Lila knows time is of the essence to discover who is framing the Vitros. She also knows because of the explosion caused in the lab she worked at all Vitros are now in danger. 

There is alot of moments of just fun time getting to know where Lila stands and how she just interacts with other Vitros who have their own quirks and personalities. Pariah Issue #2 has some potent mystery still encountered from Pariah Issue #1 but we do learn new things and it's helpful to see the way everything is moving in the Pariah world through different eyes than from Brent's (Pariah Issue #1). Does deliver some new elements such as some interestingly, surprising romance. Now for the artwork, of course, its more earth tones with hues of bright reds and oranges that really make for an enjoyable experience along with the story compared to the cooler, blue tones from Pariah Issue #1. Still has a similiar style to the artwork from Issue #1.
Issue #2 is a pretty good continuation overall from its first issue. Really adds to the story and introduces more characters we'll surely see more of.

Overall: Good read 3 of 5 stars
Comic/ Graphic Novel

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