The GeeksverseThe Mighty Samson #2

The Mighty Samson #2
Published on Friday, February 18, 2011 by

Written by: Jim Shooter & J.C. Vaughn
Art by: Patrick Olliffe
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Blambot
Cover Art: Raymond Swanland
Associate Editor: Samantha Robertson
Editor: Chris Warner

This issue is a big improvement over the first. There aren’t as many pacing issues with the story and art.

Samson is naive. It comes across pretty evidently that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. The story presents an interesting take on slavery and owning people. It’ll be surprising to see how long this last since the owning of slaves is a major part of the storyline, especially in this issue. This issue focuses on Samson and dealing with slaves, his and others. When Queen Terra tells him that the people are hers by conquest, to him it makes sense, especially after the flashback. The flashback shows Samson’s life before he left the Secret Temple.

For all their education, the people that lived in the Temple, weren’t necessarily all that good or learned.

Shooter and Vaughn do a good job at showing that slavery is a major part of this culture, but at the same time they don’t get into the politics of it. It’s a reflection of the culture and the society and not one race ruling over another. The problem is that there is an abundance of white folk in this story. Maybe having some minorities in positions of power would help reinforce that slavery, in this story, is more about the society being depicted then anything else.

The story itself is decent. Samson is an interesting main character as he is so naive. We can see where the different characters are going, coming from and their various machinations, but to Samson he can’t see any of it. He doesn’t know what the Judge is doing, or how Terra just looks to use him.

But at the same time, he shows some understanding. He seems to understand that giving in to Terra’s advances isn’t good, but he’s remarkably dense in other parts. It’s a contradiction. For someone that was raised by scholars, he knows how to fight. It’s hard to figure out where he stands because he knows too much and yet not enough.

Olliffe’s art is decent. Some of the pages have flow issues, but I think that’s due more to the script as Olliffe has always been very solid with his storytelling. The character of Esmy is said to be old, but she doesn’t appear it by the artwork.

Olliffe’s style fits the tone and setting of the book. It’s rough like the world.

The Mighty Samson #2 receives
3 out of 5

The second issue is better then the first issue.

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