Chin Music #2

Chin Music #2

Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Tony Harris Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Al Capone is dead. Shot through the skull by Shaws cursed slug, the gangland legend lies dead before Eliot Ness could drag him to court of tax evasion. Shaw's interference has uprooted history and now Ness wants it set straight. The shot also alerted Shaw's enemies of his presence in Capone era Chicago, and they are coming for him. They took his skin last time. This time they'll have his eternal soul.

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Space Chief Aug 29, 2013

    I gotta say this book is certainly original and Niles and Harris put story and art together so flawlessly that it definitely leaves you wanting more. If you're a fan of dark, gritty detective noir or supernatural stories or both, then this book is for you. I give Chin Music a very solid rating of… Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 21, 2013

    Obviously art can't carry a book all the way, which is no slight on Niles, particularly because the story has no faults. It's more due to the delivery and it feels a little too decompressed at this point to truly amaze. The story is unfolding nicely, but the fact that I'm at a loss for how the protagonists relate really dumbs down the ending of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 26, 2013

    Image Comics has a real winner here. My hope is that future issues come out monthly instead of it's delayed rotation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Aug 21, 2013

    I'm a changed man from Chin Music's first issue and Image can officially count me in as on-board. Last time was an ill-plotted, convoluted mess without much help in its backstory, but in this, its second issue, the series seems to have found its footing. I'm hoping that the third issue will see the art and story congealing more organically and that Niles continues to more purposefully chart his course, as he has done here. If they do, I'll be making sweet music with this book again, sooner (hopefully) rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Aug 21, 2013

    CHIN MUSIC is complicated, and I'm not entirely sure where it's going, but it's so nice to look at that I don't mind. I'm looking forward to future chapters, just to see where this wild, stylized version of Eliot Ness is headed -- and to stare at more of Harris' positively stunning pages. Read Full Review

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

    I feel like a lot has happened already in two issues thanks to these storytellers. Harris and Niles are cooking with gas in this story. Thats a good thing in case you werent sure. Each issue builds so much on top of the previous one. I can only imagine what this tower of insane creativity will look like when its all said and done. I have no doubt it will be a towering monument to unfettered imagination. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 23, 2013

    Niles has now given us any number of threads to follow, not least of which are several that have been dropped somewhere between the first and second issue. This has all the promise of a lengthy ongoing series for Image if the book can maintain this standard going forward. It's just crazy enough to work. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 21, 2013

    The first issue offered up a strong premise that didn't completely come to life by the end. If the phrase "chin music" translates to "too much talk, not enough action" then issue #1 had the opposite problem. Issue #2 makes some inroads as far as reconciling that problem. Art begins to diverge wildly from history as Elliot Ness is faced with the brutal and apparently superhuman murder of Al Capone, as well as a person of interest with amazing regenerative powers. There's the sense that writer Steve Niles has still barely started to pull back the curtain of what this book has to offer, but as with the first issue, there's enough here to hold my interest for the time being. Even if it takes another three or four months for the next issue to arrive. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 23, 2013

    “Chin Music” is a rare case where I can't exactly call it a great comic book through two issues, but I am absolutely ready to see a third. Niles clearly has a lot of fascinating alternate history to work with here and his mystic approach to such a riveting time period is beguiling. Just as beguiling is Harris' approach to the art, though it remains to be seen if that approach will end up being an optimal one. One of comics' assumed contracts with the reader is to tell a clear story through sequential art. Though his composition work is absolutely stunning, and his visual signature wholly his own, there are chunks of both issues where this style betrays the storytelling a bit. This makes the prospect of recommending it pretty frustrating, but the promise is certainly there. This might be the encyclopedia entry for a “trade wait”, even if that trade might not arrive until later in 2014. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Aug 22, 2013

    "Chin Music" #2 overall is a well-constructed, nicely-executed and much more even effort than the previous issue, and with this issue the series seems to have found its footing. Read Full Review

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