Dead Drop #2

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
7.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The all-new conspiracy thriller continues from red hot creators Ales Kot
(Secret Avengers) and Adam Gorham (Zero)!

The biotechnology that is threatening to end us all is out on the streets of New York and Archer is the only one who can stop it - with his bow and arrows, without pants.

The group responsible for stealing the virus continues to play the city against the team. But who are they?

  • 9.0
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Jun 1, 2015

    This issue continued to build upon last issue while giving great character development. There is definitely a strong sense of urgency and danger, especially now that it is revealed that more than one group is after the virus. There is great rising action. Kot blends the action well with the comedy. This was definitely a stronger issue than the first one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jun 1, 2015

    This issue continued to build upon last issue while giving great character development. There is definitely a strong sense of urgency and danger, especially now that it is revealed that more than one group is after the virus. There is great rising action. Kot blends the action well with the comedy. This was definitely a stronger issue than the first one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele Jun 3, 2015

    Not that this book needed it but there were also ninjas thrown in for good measure. You can almost never go wrong with ninjas, right? I like being continually surprised by this series that I will just wait and see what Valiant Universe character will show up next month. I expect Dead Drop to keep readers enthralled until the very end. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 3, 2015

    Much of this story you want to take seriously for Dead Drop #2, though it is easy you find yourself humored by Archer running the streets without his pants. Visually you can see how that affects his confidence in the way he moves and speaks. That naivety is mostly seen from his expressions, more notable when speaking to the “terrorist” who clearly sees the big picture Archer is missing. The pacing of the issue is still up there getting our characters from point to point. This is a chase and neither the girl or Archer make any unnecessary stops. In fact it is good to point out how well the effects were adding to show the speed at which they are moving be it train or car. Aside from this when you question Neville's intentions, that is also mainly from what is seen than said which adds to the conspiracy theory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jun 9, 2015

    I'm a little disappointed that I'm still totally confused by the story. We don't have much more information on where the virus originated or what it's for or who the people setting up the dead drops are, hence the four stars instead of five, but this issue was such an enjoyable read that I've decided to give this series a try! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 2, 2015

    To me, Dead Drop #2 isn't just a fun read because of the fast-paced chase involved or the evocative artwork - but instead, it reflects a growing anti-authority vibe that's starting to turn the Valiant Universe on its head. At first, Valiant trusted power, with super-spy Ninjak or the monarch X-O Manowar being seen as trusted, if flawed, authority figures. But now with books like Imperium or Divinity, Valiant has slowly begun to flip the script, showing that absolute power often does corrupt absolutely. What does the future hold for the direction of the Valiant Universe? Chances are, we'll start to see the moral cracks begin to widen not in the big events, but in small, street-level stories like Dead Drop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jun 4, 2015

    Two issues into Dead Drop and the velocity of this Valiant hero roulette presses on unabated. The plots has thickened a bit, although its far from labyrinthine and it quite ably lays down a track from each of your favorite genre beats. Gorham and Spicer are a formidable art tandem and Kot is ensuring that things wont be slowing down anytime soon. Fast, surprisingly fun and a natural blend of espionage action tropes keeps Dead Drop #2 on track. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 8, 2015

    Gorham’s artwork compliments Kot’s writing skills, as he draws an angular protagonist with an especially expressive face. And as if this book wasn’t good enough already, there’s a van of ninjas at the end and a very sad panel of one lonesome crossbow laying on the concrete. We’ll have to see what happens next. I think it’s safe to say I’m a big fan of this series, and you should be, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 9, 2015

    The title's antagonist was initially presented as a mysterious and resourceful terrorist organization, but Dead Drop #2 cast doubt on its maliciousness. Given recent world events, it's easy to draw parallels between this title and the public distrust of law enforcement and the government establishment. The message is clearer in this issue, but its effectiveness is muddied by inconsistent tone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - A-Ku Jun 2, 2015

    I would recommend this as an interesting read amongst the powered/hero comics and a change from the more usual obvious bad-guys and what-have-you. It's a mini-series, it's half over and definitely been fun and that alone makes it something worth trying. That it's written by Kot who is also the man behind the excellent Bucky Barnes ongoing over at Marvel and that Valiant has consistenly made quality comics all adds up to a series you should read just because there's no down-side. Period. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jun 3, 2015

    This issue reveals a little bit more of what may be the overarching plot (we're approaching the territory where I get to use the word "mastermind," so get psyched), without giving it all away. My real problem this month is that, while I've generally enjoyed X-O and Archer's sides of the virus chase, they've both felt very same-y to me. There's a lot of chases, there's a lot of banter with Neville, there's a lot of "the people with the virus are not what they seem." It's a book that I enjoy while I'm in the moment reading it, but when I'm done, I don't have a lot to say about it in specifics. I dig what these two guys are doing, and I'm glad Valiant is letting them use their relatively new soil to plant this weird experiment, but the last two issues are really going to have to wow me to make this the game changer they want it to be. Read Full Review

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