Issue: The Picture of Everything Else #2
Publisher: Vault Comics
Words: Dan Watters
Art & Colors: Kishore Mohan
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Published: February 17, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: Marcel has abandoned painting for the glamorous world of criticism. But a monster has returned to Paris with a Faustian offer he cannot refuse. Old wounds will be opened. New wounds will be formed with paintbrush and gun smoke.
“I have spent much of the day scouring with a palette knife, shaving back the oil with care so as not to tear the canvas. My nostrils are clogged with the smell of the linseed oil which I use to eat away the excess paint. I am doing this to rework a certain section. I had painted a shadow that I had seen on the subject multiple times at this time of day. I though it beautiful. It was only when transferred to canvas I could see that its angle was displeasing. It does not deserve to be there. So it no longer shall be. “
After an exciting first issue, writer Dan Watters slows the pace of this tale to a near-crawl, allowing the already-established horror elements to truly take hold while further defining Marcel, making it incredibly easy to become further immersed in the tale being told. With a good deal of character development being done, here, Watters writerly skills are put on full display. I especially enjoyed the grey line sketched, by Watters, between art and criticism; as with any of Watters’ works, a good deal of conversation is inspired by The Picture of Everything Else #2.
Kishore Mohan’s work, here, is hauntingly beautiful. There are several full- and two-page spreads in the issue that are absolutely gorgeous; do stop and stare.
The Picture of Everything Else continues to impress.
The Bottom Line
A slow-burning sophomore issue, The Picture of Everything Else #2 continues to unsettle and provoke thought. The issue’s final scene marks a dramatic turn in the tale that’s sure to leave readers eager for Issue #3.