DeadEndia: The Broken Halo
Written by Hamish Steele
Published by Nobrow
This is the sequel to the book Dead Endia (review Here)
We are once again in DeadEndia, the now rebuilt theme park where Norma, Courtney, and their new friend Badyah have created a new inter-planer hotel for the various angels and devils coming out of the elevator. Meanwhile Barney had moved in with his boyfriend Logan. Strapped for cash, Barney ends up ensnared in a demonic wrestling league. As plots form, a sinister presence is felt as the Angels above take more and more liberties with the law, and the demons unite for a revolution.
The art is on par with the first book. While there are a few simpler designs and panels, the look and feel is the same, and there are some fantastic drawings, especially the other planes. It's all quite good.
The characters are all back, and all of them get expanded and remade, with fantastic character and power growth. Courtney especially gets a lot of focus, and while I may be a bit biased (they're my favorite character) it all works out wonderfully.
The setting is the exact same. Though we do get to see more of it, a lot is still kept from us. I would have loved to see more of the planes explored. As always, it's not structure but volume that's the problem.
The plot is fantastic. All of the threads come together in an explosive finale that was gut wrenching. I am very exited to see where it goes next. There is a tone imbalance between the first half and the second half of the book, but I remember that being a problem in the first book too. It defiantly works itself up in a logical fashion.
This book gets so much right. As a sequel, though I would have liked to see more of the world, it delivered with fantastic character and story.