Happy #2

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 31, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Trapped in a mob hospital at the mercy of the cold-eyed torture expert Smoothie and his team of dedicated sadists, the only hope for Nick Sax is Happy the Horse! With three days to Black Christmas, can our unlikely duo stay together long enough to stop Pedo-Santa's rampage?

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Nov 5, 2012

    It's raw and brutal and Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys) has more than perfected the art of making that look amazing as anyone who's followed his career would know. His panels are perfect in my view and his characters have so much, well, character when you see them. The expressions, the clothes, the ambience " Darrick shows why he's amongst the best in the industry here and he does it with style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Oct 30, 2012

    Honestly this is a book that you need to check out, it's weird, it's great, and most importantly it's by Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Nov 4, 2012

    Morrison works best in these shorter stories, and at the halfway mark, Happy continues to be one of the best mini-series of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Oct 31, 2012

    Darick Robertson produces the same gritty, ugly world we have come to expect from him. His artwork is as detailed and smooth as ever. The violence looks graphic and bloody. Nick looks like an out-of-shape jerk. Happy looks like a flying donkey unicorn. This ugly little world Morrison has written looks amazing thanks to the work of Robertson. Who knew that the story of a friendly little imaginary friend could look so damn awful and dirty? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Nov 1, 2012

    Happy #2 is a very interesting book with a completely insane story. The world that Grant Morrison has created is very dark, vile and disturbing. It fully imagines what goes on in all the dark alleyways in the bad part of town. This story is most definitely for the mature reader. That being said, it is done well and keeps you captivated. The book comes off very serious but then the introduction of Happy adds a little bit of comedic relief that perfectly balances the mood. The way happy looks and the things he says can make even the toughest guy smirk. Visually the book is gritty and dirty. It really brings to life everything that is nasty in the world. This grittiness though is offset by Happy's “my little pony”-esque look. Just like how he changes the mood of the story, he changes it visually as well. Happy #2 is a standout book and is definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Nov 4, 2012

    Grant Morrison is still surprising me with this series. I stated in my review of Happy #1 that I wasn't really a big fan of his, however my opinion is slowly changing. We are now halfway through this mini series, and if the remaining two issues are as good as the first, then this may be the best mini of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Oct 31, 2012

    Happy! may not be the most original concept we've seen from Grant Morrison, but it hasn't been explored as heavily as a lot of the others out there. Besides, Morrison and Robertson provide such a complete vision with so solid an atmosphere that the old idea is made new all over again. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Nov 13, 2012

    The Christmas setting is also an interesting choice that I think controls a lot more of the comic than it would seem. The snow in this issue, the Christmas lights last issue, the facts that our protagonist is named after jolly old Saint Nick himself (which kind of makes me chuckle when I think about it), Happys whole bit about miracles. What better time for miracles than Christmas? I just hope this subtly dominant choice (OK, it is somewhat shoved in our faces) is not pointless and does contribute to the meaning of the story but with the king of uncontained violence Grant Morrison, I dont expect an ending as cookie-cutter dry as A Christmas Carol. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 31, 2012

    If you liked the first issue there is no reason not to finish the series and we can all basically expect it to be about the same from the beginning to end. More than likely our main character will die saving the little girl and if he doesn’t it might actually be surprising. Otherwise it’s an average book with top tier talent working on it. On the plus side the word “Fuck” is only used thirty-nine times in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Nov 5, 2012

    Happy! is definitely a unique book, but considering how short of a series it is (four issues), this issue feels wasted, as we're no closer to discovering why Happy has appeared to Nick. I like the idea behind the series, and I'm guessing that Nick will eventually become the hero Happy thinks he is, but this issue is a step backwards rather than a move towards what could be an exciting conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 31, 2012

    "Happy!" is an oddly paced mini-series. One would expect that we'd be a lot further into the story by now; considering we're now only getting the reveal on who the kidnapper is (even though we saw him last month), it feels a bit slow. Now that we've finally got Nick believing, plus us having seen the location of the victim, hopefully the remaining two issues will kick everything into high gear. It's still a nice read, but "Happy!" #2 felt a lot less compelling than that first attention-grabbing issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Oct 28, 2012

    With two more issues on the way, I’m hopeful the series will eventually pick up. Read Full Review

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