C.O.W.L. #2

C.O.W.L. #2

Writer: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel Artist: Rod Reis Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 25, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Moles, murder, and mayhem. As C.O.W.L. prepares to enter negotiations with the city, scandal threatens the organization. Can The Grey Raven keep C.O.W.L. from tearing itself apart? Plus, what really happened between him and Sparrow?

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 24, 2014

    These aren't the ideal people that heroes are supposed to be. For the most part, they're just normal people, even the ones with powers are just trying to lead normal lives. As such, they have the same issues that normal people have based on their status. For example, Warner has to deal with all of the petty issues that that union leaders have to deal with, despite being the leader of a superhero union. All of the characters have to deal with normal problems, but also with the problems that come along with being a hero. These aren't problems that people like Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne, but people who seem very, very real. And that's great. This is what superhero comics should strive to be, comics that manage to connect with their readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 27, 2014

    Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel aren't able to conjure the same cinematic grandeur as in their premiere issue, but C.O.W.L. #2 far exceeds its predecessor in terms of characterization and immersion. The words and artwork come together in a way that demands your attention and, despite the concepts being somewhat familiar, the writers are able to summon up that sense of really learning about the characters that made hits out of New Teen Titans or the works of Warren Ellis. C.O.W.L. #2 is a beautiful character-driven supermystery period piece that's not afraid to get to know the reader. Whether it ends up a best-seller or a cult favorite, I expect that this issue will win a lot of readers over for Higgins and Siegel's passion project. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Jun 27, 2014

    It seems that Higgins and Siegel have big plans for the world of C.O.W.L and intend for the comic to be a long term project. I really hope that is the case because this comic has a lot more to give. Check out the second printing of issue #1 and pick up this week's second issue. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jun 27, 2014

    "C.O.W.L." #1 showed tons of potential, and this second issue only makes the work bigger and deeper and the characters even more compelling. Kyle Higgins and Alex Siegel expertly pace the issue and avoid boring exposition, while Rod Reis delivers page after page of gallery worthy art that is different from just about anything else in stores right now. The plots can feel a little disparate at times, but there is every indication that it will all come together as the series progresses and the union's future becomes even more uncertain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 25, 2014

    C.O.W.L. #2 is a continuation of the story from last issue, interweaving several interesting subplots and characters into it and creating a very engaging and intriguing experience. The main story and narrative is on the weak side admittedly, but the rest of the writing along with absolutely astounding visuals make this a very exciting and worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 26, 2014

    With the book's setup out of the way, Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel deliver some excellent character work here is issue #2, the world of C.O.W.L. affecting those powered and unpowered alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jun 24, 2014

    You have to give Higgins and Siegel a lot of credit. They have taken the superhero story and turned it on its ear. These characters aren't just flying around and using their powers to stop crime (hell, some characters don't even have powers) but they are dealing with real struggles like their children not looking up to them, their wives wanting them to get legitimate police jobs, and whether or not you stay loyal or do what's best for yourself.Issue one left me feeling wanting more, and I got what I asked for with issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Blair Stevenson Jun 25, 2014

    C.O.W.L has made a big impression on me in the title's first two issues. Everything about this book radiates class. C.O.W.L is the Mad Men of comic books. I advise anyone gives this title a shot at this stageotherwise youll be playing catch-up later when it becomes the next comic book phenomenon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 25, 2014

    It's still relatively early, and there's still a lot of world and character building being worked on, but overall, C.O.W.L. is a very solid and entertaining read. Higgins, Siegel, and Reis are providing a very fresh look on how super-heroes can function within the world, and the focus is so much more on the individuals, rather than what the individuals can do. This issue does move a bit slow because there is so much to explain to the reader because it's a different concept, but all-in-all, it's a very intriguing piece and one you'll want to put onto your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jun 24, 2014

    C.O.W.L. has certainly stepped up a gear as though there's still room for improvement the concept along with the developments have me hooked. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 27, 2014

    Theres still a lot to learn about the C.O.W.L universe and its cast of characters. The darkly beautiful artwork creates a very palpable atmosphere making the beginning of this series a joy to dive into. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Yamini C Jun 29, 2014

    Overall, there is obviously an overarching plot in the works, given the story threads they seem to be laying down, but right now it feels more like a surplus of characters and ideas than a coherent narrative. Don't get me wrong " the world-building is certainly very excellent and detailed, and I'm intrigued enough to want to continue, but I do hope the creative team manage to give us some solid story-telling sooner rather than later, or this novel, unusual idea is going to be as pass as superheroes seem to be in the strange world of C.O.W.L. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jun 24, 2014

    On the whole I'd actually recommend C.O.W.L. despite all my bashing, there's enough in it focusing on the good stuff to be really engaging and the conspiracy bollocks is at least serviceable background noise to the more interesting super-cops stuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 27, 2014

    "C.O.W.L" #2 ups the drama and the stakes from issue #1, but it still hasn't clarified the central concern of the series. Is this a union drama? A set of personal stories? A thriller? It looks complex and ambitious enough to evolve into all three and more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 24, 2014

    C.O.W.L. takes a step forward in the art department in Issue #2, but the narrative is still treading water. Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel are building something big while trying to forge a new path in done-to-death cape comics. But the world-building is slowing the pace to a crawl. The writers are trying to flesh out a complex cast that will allow their story to really sing, but it’s not as easy was it might be with a television show that can rely on an actor to turn in a good performance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 24, 2014

    C.O.W.L. continues to be on track to be a stellar title. The story and artwork improve with each months release and becomes more engrossing as a result. There are only two issues out at the moment, so its easy for anyone to pick up. Also, the purchase of Higgins short film is highly recommended! Read Full Review

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