REVIEW: Eliteware, Issue #2

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Eliteware is a dystopic science fiction series centered on the Neva family. Created and written by Mike DeCosta, the comic is penciled, inked, and lettered by Eryn Williams, with Colors from Eliana Falcon, the issue number one focused on Tiya Neva and gave hints at the problems her brother Diviran was at the center of, ending on a cliffhanging note.

In issue number two, the main focus is Diviran, or Div, Tiya’s brother. We see him getting enhancements to his body and learn a little bit about the organization he’s become a part of.  The sci-fi world of the series is expanded in this issue. We learn about the technology and a little about the politics of the dystopic society. Beyond that, however, the narrative seemed a little detached from the ending of issue number one which left us with a panel of an assassin.

That being said, learning about the lengths that members of Basan will go through show a dedication to a cause that we haven’t seen fully spelled out but that I’m interest to know. The use of nanites and the illustration of the process of mapping nanites to the eyes of lead Div, is well done  and I can’t wait to see action sequences illustrated by Williams.

The art in this issue is noteworthy, last issue was illustrated by Jim Hanna and had a sharper look to it. Williams’ art is softer, more rounded, and in my opinion, fits the color palette chosen for the series more. That being said, Tiya and Div weren’t easily recognizable when she made her appearance in the issue.

This may be due to the fact that her hair obscures her signature tattoo or because her body shape seems different than issue number one. This is a small thing I got used to as I read, and I was honestly more focused on finally getting to see the ominous Ketta.

Overall, this issue also brought in new characters that although small presented visually interesting ideas to explore in the future. The color changing tattoo worn by one, the mechanical arm of another, each side character had their own personalities that I greatly appreciate and hope to see the dialogue explore them more.

There is still more world building to be done, but for a second issue and coming in with a new artist, I still want to pick up issue number three. I hope to see the threads from issue number one more blended in the future, since issue two seems very detached from them.

Eliteware #2
3.5

TL;DR

Overall, this issue also brought in new characters that although small presented visually interesting ideas to explore in the future. The color changing tattoo worn by one, the mechanical arm of another, each side character had their own personalities that I greatly appreciate and hope to see the dialogue explore them more.