Relay #2

Writer: Zac Thompson, Eric Bromberg, Donny Cates Artist: Andy Clarke Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 8
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The science fiction epic of the summer continues!
Equal part The Fifth Element and Philip K Dick, RELAY is an exploration of monoculture, identity and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay-a structure that many across the galaxy resent.
The one wish of the Relay has been fulfilled but what secrets does Hank Donaldson's world hide? And just how far will the mysterious interstellar savior go to keep them?
Written by Zac Thompson (Cable, The Dregs, HER INFE more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 30, 2018

    Science fiction at it finest at humans struggle to decide the course of humanity. The story is smart, with big questions posed, and the visuals are stupendously detailed. Think comic books are for kids? Read this book and be awakened. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Aug 7, 2018

    The Relay #2 continues establishing this series as one of the smartest comics today, diving deeper into the anthropological concerns of the debut. Heady and dense, the stakes here involve our perception of reality itself. Is there anything more consequential? This book makes readers work hard, to be sure, but the intellectual payoff is well-worth the effort. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Eliot Cole Aug 11, 2018

    So if you thought this was just going to be a treatise on the state of the world, or a super long setup, believe me: issue two delivers the hit. I don't wish to heighten or lessen your experience of the book, but if you were somehow not going to pick up issue two, then override that personal firewall and invest at least to this issue. This is good comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 9, 2018

    I struggled with Relay in its opening installment but things feel a lot more cohesive here in terms of story and Andy Clarke gets to really have some fun with the locations and managing all the dialogue with Donaldson. There's still a kind of anthology story feeling about this that I like as I can imagine it in a (very cheaply done) old Twilight Zone kind of way. I like the things that are being covered and how Thompson is presenting them and how the characters are all pretty different when it comes to the way they view the Relay itself. I'm definitely looking forward to more a lot more than I was at the start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Aug 10, 2018

    All told, Relay #2 shifts its gears from cyberpunk thriller to a kind of comic book think-piece on colonialism and ideological control. There is an eeriness to this issue that hangs beneath every word, evinced by the fact that lives depend on the outcome of the conversation. Though it may feel preachy at times to some, the dialogue's heady topic is going to be a treat for anyone who wonders what it is that makes and breaks a civilization. Read Full Review

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