Summary: After the fall of the nation of Israel, the focus is now on the lives of the captives of Babylon and their dealings with the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. Unknown to the king, he will encounter the God of Israel and subdue him to bow to the only true King.
Cover Art: King Nebuchadnezzar staring at the reader is striking and intimidating. On the background you can see the furnace scene which gives you a teaser to expect what’s inside.
Storytelling: The reader gets into the story immediately as the book opens with the furnace scene which is the best part of the book. After this, the focus of the story is on King Nebuchadnezzar, his relationship with Daniel, his dream, his insanity and bowing to God. The furnace episode and the end part has the action but in between are most dialogue. But dont fret because Art Ayris got you covered. Ayris storytelling here is commendable that he kept the story still interesting and adding minimal “fiction” to spice it up a bit. You’ll be glued to the book till then end. Check out his dialogue with Daniel and when he gets back his sanity. You’ll love it. The story carried even the artwork in some parts. Overall, the story stays true to the biblical narrative and less of the extra biblical stuff. The book ends with what I consider an epilogue or sort of a post credit scene ala MCU. It leaves you with Belshazzar’s feast and the Persian army stealth advancement. Now this a good cliffhanger that you’ll be craving or more.
Artwork: You can feel that Mario Ruiz art is old school from the 90’s which reminds me of Jim Valentino and Art Thibert. If you’re into that or just being nostalgic, this one is for you. Ruiz really nailed a terrifying furnace scene. Every panel of that scene from pages 2-6 is crazy! I really love that part of the comic. Also when King Nebuchadnezzar became insane scene is something worth noting. The art compliments with the story with a few hits and misses along the way. I wish the Ruiz had explore other angles and expressions to convey more depth to the character.
Babylon 2 is a great read even if there is a limited amount of action nevertheless the storytelling brings the drama, a bit of political intrigue and a cliffhanger that will leave you asking for more. The art in the furnace scene will horrify you and the dialogues at the latter part will hit your heart.
4.5 out of 5
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(Kingstone Comics provided a digital copy for this review)