20XX #2 is published by Image Comics, written by Lauren Keely and Jonathan Luna, with art by Jonathan Luna, and letters by Jonathan Luna. Meria is faced with the repercussions of last issues dramatic finale. With no one else to turn to she finds herself being initiated into one of the sym gangs dubbed The West Side. While Meria is dealing with these radical life changes the situation is further complicated by the identity of the assailants that attacked her cousin.
20XX #2 primary focus is on introducing its readers to the specifics of life as a sym. This mostly takes the form of exploring the nature of the gangs syms often join. As Meria is forced to turn to The West Side for help she is faced with many of her own preconceived notions of those syms that choose gang life. With so much of society turning its back on them gangs like the West Side are not just the angry outlaws Meria’s initial perception pegged them as.
Humanity by its nature is based in societal structures.When the structures we know are taken from us we invariably make new ones to replace it. Equally true is the human drive to survive. If a society doesn’t provide an avenue for individuals to acquire the means to live legally they will provide their own. The culmination of these two truths is the sym gangs. And while they have their bad apples that embrace the mystique of the “gang lifestyle” most members are presented as scared individuals with no where else to turn.
While the world building continues to be excellently handled the best a part of this story continues to be Meria herself. Keely and Luna continue to toe a perfect line with how she comes to terms with the ever evolving nature of her world. With this issue they continue to nail her responses to her situations perfectly. She never comes across as taking the situations she is presented with too easily. By the same token she has never gotten so frayed by it that I’ve caught myself wishing she’d just stop whining. It is very easy for fictional characters to fall hard into one end of the scale or the other. Meria continues to land right in the middle. She’s overwhelmed, but she’s dealing with it.
The only complaint one can level against 20XX #2 is its slowness. While much of this is necessary world building it does slow down the story a bit. While it certainly holds this issue back a little from its predecessor I have nothing but strong expectations for the story going forward.
The art continues to reinforce the grounded nature of the story. Even though the focus of the story is a near future with people who, having survived a plague gain telekinetic powers, there is nothing fantastic feeling about it. These are people living day to day lives trying to survive. And the art never gives the impression of anything else.
So while the pace is a bit slow I still find myself whole heartedly intrigued with 20XX #2. The specifics of the plot continue to take shape and I am looking forward to see what awaits Meria in the coming issues.
20XX #2 Is available January 8th wherever comics are sold.
So while the pace is a bit slow I still find myself whole heartedly intrigued with 20XX #2.