Sonata #2 is published by Image Comics under the Anomaly Productions imprint. It comes from the creative team of writer David Hine, writer/artist Brian Haberlin, colorist Geirrod Van Dyke, and letterer Francis Takenaga. Picking up immediately where the last issue left off, the dam constructed by the Tayans has been destroyed by the Ran. However, rather than going right to Sonata and Treen’s discovery, the point of view shifts to a new character: a member of the Tayan race known as Pau who is shown preparing for battle.
The Tayans, as Pau explains, are warriors by nature and they want blood for the dam’s destruction. While Pau and his fellow Tayans track down those responsible, he is sidetracked. It appears that a gigantic cavern has opened and two figures are visible at the base.
From here the story shifts back to Sonata. It appears that Treen knows more about the underground civilization than he previously let on. A moment of tension passes as it seems he may attempt to harm Sonata, but he decides friendship is more important. As hours have apparently passed since their discovery they decide to sleep. However, Sonata takes this opportunity to do a little exploring. This exploration leads to a strange discovery and evidence that the primitive race Treen comes from may know more than anyone expected. But will they share this knowledge, or will a larger rift be created as a result of Sonata’s discoveries?
The script from Haberlin and Hine felt off for this issue. Several major revelations happen, and new points-of-view are discovered, which is generally positive. But it all feels very rushed. It seems like each of the large events could have been an end of the issue cliffhanger, but instead, the story presses onward. At times it feels as if the two are worried they may lose momentum if they slow down. The issue’s results thus feel very mixed. At times the action and plot click and remain compelling. At other times it feels burdened by its own scope.
The art continues to be a high point. Haberlin combines the alien people and places with relatable and familiar sci-fi aesthetics to great effect. The action is clear and the detailed faces and locales remain a joy to look at. Van Dyke’s colors are vibrant and lend a nice familiarity to the art on the page. The letters from Francis Takenaga, however, could use a little work. Through the bulk of the issue, they are perfectly solid. However, whenever Pau’s inner monologue kicks in, the text approaches unreadable. The letter coloring combined with the orange patterned background creates words that are difficult to understand, not to mention hard on the eyes.
Overall I was disappointed with Sonata #2. I’m still interested in the story, and the twists and turns definitely have my curiosity. But it didn’t feel as tight or well paced as the first issue did. There are a lot of good ideas here and the central story is compelling, but this one fell a little flat.
Sonata #2 will be available in comic stores everywhere now.
Rating: 3/5 Mysterious devices