This book doesn’t just shift up one gear but ten gears growing exponentially from its strong first volume. Brave decisions are made in terms of narrative and point of view and we are treated as intelligent readers but never left behind.
This isn’t all about escapism and supernatural adventure. A new character allows us to explore themes of identity and conformity and empathise with those who suffer because of them. If you aren’t in the mood for a deeper meaning there is action, adventure, mystery and peril that moves along at a cracking pace.
The art is still fantastic with rich colouration and highly detailed backgrounds giving the whole book a lush, animated quality. The digital tools bring a spectacular vibrancy to the supernatural elements yet achieve an almost watercolour softness to the real world.
Every aspect of this from the multipart covers to distinctive lettering to the extensive historical notes contributes to make this a Double Thumbs Up!