Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of No Such Thing As Reviews! Otherwise known as Nautical Star Tattoos Are Ridiculous (Even though I sort of have one).
I’m Ryan Atkinson and every week here on No Such Thing As Reviews, we’ll be reviewing a plethora of pop culture and wonderful things! Most often will be independent comic books, but who knows, T.V., movies and many other things may show up. The reviews will consist of a brief overview of what we will be reviewing, a small summary of the content (SPOILER ALERT!!), my personal thoughts on the content including a rating out of 5 and whenever possible we will include an interview with the creators as well!
This week we’re still in the realm of comic books and we’re taking a look at the second issue of something already reviewed! We’ll be looking at Disunity Issue 2 by Ron Batchelor and Rem Fields.
The book opens with a cityscape on top of a glowey, squirmy looking ball of.. stuff. With birds flying all around it and a spaceship travelling towards it. We are told through voice over that it is a location called Tartarus and like many things in the world, it shouldn’t be here.
We are told that its buildings are made from “Recombinant Metalloids” which allow the rooms to adapt to the people inside them.
Our Chuck Norris-esque protagonist John enters one of these rooms and is greeted by a room full of people. Cronus a pale white bald being with no nose to speak of, Porter a guy with light blue hair that seems to be wearing a bath robe, Cayce a woman with markings or tattoos all over her body, Jayden a blonde haired woman and a cowboy named Lee. They then discuss the need to find out where Stump was getting his information prior to his murder. One member of the group asks “What if there isn’t any?” and John gets a little grumpy at the notion that they think he or Stump are lying. Another steps in and calms him down by saying all that was meant is what if this is a trap to lure them out because it wouldn’t be the first time.
John then explains that there’s no way for him to know that for sure but he isn’t about to just sit idly by and do nothing.
John explains that a sample of Stump’s tissue is all ready to examined, and tells the Cayce to get a lock on their target from it asap without wearing herself out too much. We also learn that she is a telepath.
He then asks Cayce what the deal is with Lee and the cowboy stuff because he looks dumb.
We then go back to the group where Lee is talking with Cronus. Lee mentions that he looks like hes got a bad feeling and Cronus says he believes that they’re all heading into a bad situation.
Porter says of course it is because it’s one of John’s plans and that he’s done being a foot soldier in a seemingly unwinnable war. Lee asks what he means and Porter says that no matter what happens he quits their little crusade because Stump was one of them and he doesn’t want to end up just like him. There’s an island in the pacific that he plans on running to that hasn’t had a Phase Event in years and hopefully he’ll be able to stay there in peace.
Jump back over to John and Cayce. Cayce is hooked up to a machine that allows her abilities to be amplified which allows her to view images f the past, present and future. Past and present are a breeze but with all the Phase nonsense the future can be pretty garbled up.
Too bad for Cayce though that focusing on Stump causes her to feel all the emotions that he felt when he was murdered.
In her pain she gets a glimpse of the one who murdered him but also of another person that we don’t know as of yet.
Cut over to John talking with the group, he is going over the events of Stump’s murder and what followed. He mentions the guy teleporting away and Cronus cuts him off and says he didn’t teleport, he phased. Which John calls out as bullshit because no one could possible be able to harness a controlled phase.
Cronus says he is certain based on what their equipment has picked up about the event.
John says if it’s true the guy could be anywhere and Cronus says based on his final message of “See you soon” the problem will most likely solve itself.
Cayce cuts them off because she’s got a lock on that other person in her vision. It’s their old friend Squeak.
They head on over to Fero City where Squeak is at and we learn that the city was another place effected by the Phase. It popped up as an empty ghost town and it’s turned into somewhat of a refugee camp.
John gets warned by a robot to just turn around because the folks in the bar don’t take kindly to native folks but John goes in anyway.
He finds Squeak surrounded by a bunch of chicks. Not bad for a giant lemur with three toes on each foot. Squeak freaks at the sight of John and throws his whiskey bottle at him and bolts. John follows him out of the bar and Squeak is jumping up a fire escape and John decides to just let him wear himself out.
Porter rings up John asking if he needs his help and John says yeah cause hes running. We see Porter on John’s phone through video chat and it shows Porter’s name and his location set to “home”. Then we see it show a bunch of smoke with Porter’s name still up but the location set to unknown.
He then pops up showing he’s teleported to stop Squeak.
Squeak get’s brought in for questioning about Stump. We learn that his employer, Desai, hired him to set up a meet and greet with him.
They ask who Desai is and Squeek explains that he is the owner of the biggest barter city on the planet. Las Vegas. A wasteland as far as the group knows but Squeak insists and makes sure they know not to use his name if they go digging.
John insists that they are going and Cayce cautions against it because it’s an obvious trap. She keeps trying to talk him out of it and he persists.
We learn that Vegas is where John got dropped when he went through the wormhole. He is unconscious but gets woken up by a woman running by because there is some kind of monster coming their way so he better haul ass.
And it is one hell of a monster. 7 eyes, 4 of which are hanging out of its face by tendrils. A bunch of extra limbs but most of them have big spikes on the ends instead of hands or feet, it towers over John nearly if not for sure double his size. It gets ready to eat him then KABLAMO some guy shoots it in the head. Phew.
John asks him what that thing was and he is a bit sarcastic about it, really.. “How should I know? The worlds gone to shit and we’re all out of toilet paper”. Dink.
Then ANOTHER big monster shows up, this one sort of a Kraken-ish but on land tentacley squid thing with a hairy underside and the eyes of a fly. Or multiple flies.
The guy tries to kill it but it gets the jump on him. He shouts to John for help and he grabs a huge slab of concrete that is next to him and hurls it at the monster. But he misses and hits his would be savior square in the noggin. Good one John. He then grabs the guys gun and shoots the hell out of the monster. Less sarcastic good one John!
The guy gets free and John barfs his guts out.
Then we jump back to present and we learn that John hasn’t been back in decades.
End of Issue 2!
I didn’t go as spoilery as normal, I glazed over some things but that’s only because this book just came out for one, but also I think it’s really worth a read through.
My rating for this book is as follows:
I would for sure recommend this book for everyone to read if you like sci-fi and action based mystery stories.
I really liked the first book of this series and I really like the second!
I didn’t grab an interview for this one but that’s only because we interviewed them last time so check out issue one’s review linked earlier in this review!
I’d like to thank Rem for reaching out! As I mentioned the book came out today and I’ve had the book for a little bit now so it was cool to get to read it in advance!
You can find issue two for sale on Comixology here.
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