Masks #2

Writer: Chris Roberson Artist: Dennis Calero Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 19, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Powerful criminals and crooked politicians have taken over New York, and instituted a fascist police state. With the law bent to their own purposes, the so-called "Justice Party" and their army of Black Legion troopers imprison, extort, and execute any citizens who stand in their way. Only vigilantes like the Shadow, Green Hornet, and the Spider have any hope of standing against them, but instead of operating outside the law as they have always done, these masked heroes must now oppose the law in their fight for justice. But they will not be fighting alone, as more men and women don masks and emerge from the shadows to stand alongside them.

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Dec 19, 2012

    Overall, MASKS #2 is a great follow up to the perfectfirst issue. It continues to be a very fun story starring these characters while at the same time making the reader think. As some people are getting led out to be hanged, one cries out “They mean to murder us!” Then a trooper replies “It ain't murder if it's the law doing it.” So basically if the law says murder is okay, guess what? It's not a crime. It's trulya great dynamic and one of the reasons why MASKS is being such a good read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 24, 2012

    Anything else is just a letdown, despite how good it is. Another thing that makes this story fascinating is the fact that the masked heroes are millionaires. This sends a message, in small way, but still a message, to a world where the 99% feel violated by the rich 1% that there are good rich people in the world that do and will continue to do great things for the benefit of everyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - JohnP Dec 21, 2012

    Already the Black Bat has been announced as a new title coming in 2013 from current Flash writer Brian Buccaletto. It seems to me that Ms Fury can't be far behind. Masks is a smash success on it's own and I have little doubt that it will go down as the crossover of the year, but what it is doing for the entirety of the pulp comics from Dynamite is a humungous bonus. With the announcements of Black Bat, Mark Waid on Green Hornet, Wagner on The Shadow Year One, and even Francavilla's New Black Beetle over at Dark Horse, it really looks like Masks is ushering in the year of pulp. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Dec 21, 2012

    There are four variant covers, the best of which depicts a sexy Miss Fury on the shoulders of a lone gunman. Another of the variants shows Shadow, Spider, Green Hornet and Zorro lined up in a profile position (it's a little inaccurate because Zorro isn't quite yet Zorro; so far we haven't seen him in his mask). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - thorverine Dec 19, 2012

    The story is fantastic as the first issue and the art shift is handled well. Masks is one series you do not want to miss. The pulp heroes teaming up to fight a fascist government in New York has been and promises to be a great story. Roberson and Calero craft a fine comic that rises above the average run of the mill second issue transition Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Dec 19, 2012

    Because this story takes place when comic books lacked even more diversity then it does now I doubt we will ever see a minority mask. All of the minority characters are either side kicks or butlers which can feel a bit awkward but that's nothing to really fuss about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 24, 2012

    Masks isn’t just for those who love Golden Age books, it’s for those who love comic books across the board. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 23, 2012

    So this issue is a bit of a let-down. Here's hoping next issue gets things back on track. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 26, 2012

    I thought the first comic worked in trying to throw all these characters together in an unusual situation that required them to work together. Masks #2 isn't quite as good, forced to rely more on fleshing out a story than just introducing the concept. There's far more talking about doing something than actual action, and some “necessary” awkward introductions among the heroes take up way too many panels. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Dec 23, 2012

    I am quite frustrated by Alex Ross' non-presence on this book (as you may have gathered), but the fact remains that, while Masks has a cool concept behind it, the execution is lacking, and there's no real motivator to stick around to see if things will improve. Read Full Review

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