The Black Beetle #2

The Black Beetle #2

Writer: Francisco Francavilla Artist: Francisco Francavilla Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
8.3Critic Rating
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While investigating a mysterious mass murder that leveled Colt City’s mob bosses, Black Beetle gets wrapped up in a puzzling maze of clues. Could the appearance of a costumed criminal named Labyrinto be related to the destruction of the powerful organized-crime racket?

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 25, 2013

    I have never had as much difficulty making my pick of the week as I did this week. I went with Daredevil in the end but this series is truly something special and fans should enjoy the awesomeness that has been unleashed by Francesco Francavilla. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Feb 19, 2013

    Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 might not blow you away with its plot, but this character is one that everyone will want to see more of in the future. Francesco Francavilla has created something truly great, and after only two issues people will be begging for Black Beetle to carry on further than four issues. How could they not when you will have so much fun reading this comic? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 22, 2013

    Every time you read "The Black Beetle: No Way Out" #2, you'll notice a little something extra that might have slipped past you the first time. It was on the third or fourth time through myself that I realized the truth: I'm hooked. Any doubts I had before have been dashed; Francavilla's not just an excellent comic artist, he's a great comic creator in general. Here's to a lot more of "The Black Beetle" in the months and years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Feb 12, 2013

    In my opinion, the Black Beetle is the most faithful homage to the pulps since the debut of the Rocketeer. However, perhaps in another costume, he could easily be mistaken for pre-Robin Batman. I easily find the storytelling to be reminiscent of the Batman animated series. Thats a challenging level to achieve, yet Francavilla makes it look pretty easy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Feb 20, 2013

    The art in Black Beetle #2 is, again, absolutely stunning, awash as it is in thick atmosphere and shadow, punctured sparingly by bright flashes. Altogether, it's an unbridled pleasure to look at, with even the panels accentuating its visual storytelling, often becoming as kinetic as the story itself. While we're on the topic, is it too soon to ask about Black Beetle apparel? I would rock the snot out of a black shirt with his red symbol, or something more noir-specific, like an old playbill or movie poster. Hell, know what? Just print the damn book on t-shirts. I'd wear them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady Feb 21, 2013

    Clues are found and now our hero has to do something we have not seen him do yet " unmask and go undercover in the daylight! So far, this series has been predominantly noir, and as such occurs at night. I look forward to seeing how Francavilla will show the well-lit days in the next chapter. Once again, the book ends with a great lead into the next issue. It has been a while since I have looked forward to the next issue of a series to come out as I do with "Black Beetle: No Way Out". Get on board this thrilling ride now if you haven't already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Feb 23, 2013

    What is there to say about Francavilla's pencils at this point? The book is beautiful. Many pages could be framed. Francavilla's panel usage is perfect. Black Beetle feels like a movie at some times. The sewer scene is the standout scene for the book. The new villain might not have much in explanation yet, but he has a great look too him. I was quite tempted to scan the image and solve the puzzle on him. Black Beetle is a book that becomes a bore to review, as I have to dig out my thesaurous each month to find new ways to say, "Francavilla's artwork and you should buy this book so it stays around." Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Chrysophylax_Dives Feb 21, 2013

    At the end of the day, any Francavilla art is worth a buy in this reader's opinion, especially when Francavilla is a telling a story that he's excited about. You can see the love on every page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Feb 26, 2013

    But therein lies the one small problem with this issue. A seemingly important character is introduced and dismissed in the space of a page and a half. While I generally like the breakneck pace of this title, this one left me saying, "Wait! Hold on a second!" Ah, but pulp-style storytelling waits for no man, and here, the Black Beetle had to extricate himself from a plethora of sewer rats and get himself to safety without drowning. I forgive you, Mr. Beetle, for not giving me all the answers I wanted in this comic. I'm coming back for more, no matter what. Read Full Review

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