Title: High Level (2019-) #2
Words: Rob Sheridan
Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published: March 20, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Tasked with smuggling the savior of humanity through thousands of miles of religious cults, mutant tribes, war zones, sunken cities, and cybernetic mafias, the woman known only as Thirteen does what any sane person would: try to get out of doing it. But the mystery of High Level calls whether Thirteen likes it or not.
A war is coming and a single child could stop it all. Thrown into the action, Thirteen must act quickly if she wants to survive.
Rob Sheridan pens a tremendous second issue in High Level (2019-) #2. Coming off the action-packed debut, Sheridan hits the ground running, developing the backstory while driving the plot forward. There’s action abound this issue as Sheridan does not shy away from a good chase scene and some serious violence. However, the best scenes come between the action, when Thirteen is able to move through her regular routine. Here, readers experience the setting and the characters and get a feel for the unique rhythm and vibe of Onida. Whether you’re a fan of the action or the space-saga elements, it’s clear that High Level is going to be an intense ride.
Barnaby Bagenda’s art creates a lush and vivid landscape in High Level (2019-) #2. Panels of detailed settings tell a story beyond Sheridan’s script. While there’s plenty of wreckage in Onida, there’s also a beauty in the ruins.
The Bottom Line
High Level (2019-) #2 is an action-packed adventure. Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Baganda build a fantastic story, as narratively complex as it is visually vivid.