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Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #2 – Advanced Review

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1 was a deeply intellectual piece of work with its fair share of flaws keeping it from being a classic.  This issue of Moriarty seems to expand the flaws but still leaves some material that is very good.  Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #2 is mostly one step away from being bad and fails to stand out when compared to its predecessor – but it does manage to have some enjoyable things, even though they could have been utilized better. Moriarty is now on the run after the police and Black Hand discover he has returned and he has been framed for two murders.  He meets up with the Jade Serpent who has been betrayed by her people and the two team-up to find the box holding the secrets of the Dark Chamber. Image Comics Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #2 by Daniel Corey with art by Anthony DiecidueDaniel Corey is by no means lazy with this issue.  The story is extremely complex and he took a lot of time to develop Moriarty’s character.  Unfortunately, the story becomes a little too complex.  If you have not read the last issue you will be lost and there is no quick summary at the beginning to help you. To read the second issue the first is also a must. Seeing how it sold out though, I’m sure a ton of people fit that quota.  But even with the knowledge of the first issue on your side, the many Greek myths explored in this issue can make your head spin.  Maybe I am lacking the intellect to comprehend everything going on in this issue, but there was just way too much. Moriarty still remains a fascinating character.  His ego is still huge but his character has more depth than just that of a big ego. He’s given dialogue in this issue that makes him sound cruel and cool like, “This had better be the end of this nonsense, or I’ll cut your throat while you sleep.”  Other characters are not given as much attention. The series is about Moriarty, but none of the supporting characters interest me very much.  It feels like Corey is trying to make the Jade Serpent the “femme fatale” of the series, but she still feels sometimes like the classic damsel in distress with Moriarty saving her often.  She is still somewhat independent, but not enough to make her very different from other female characters. It comes across as if she's just there to be a love interest for Moriarty and if Corey can put as much depth into her as he has with Moriarty in future issues, then she will become a true femme fatale until then not so much. Another problem with this issue is some of the art from Anthony Diecidue.  Sometimes Moriarty looks like a fine gentlemen and in other panels he looks like a haggard old man – this effect may be a comment on his age, but the art seemed very inconsistent.  The eyes of many of the characters were varied and unique in the first issue but here only a few of those varied eyes show up with mixed results.  The best part of the art is the color.  The issue starts out with a subtle blue and as daybreak comes closer and closer the colors steadily grow brighter and brighter until Moriarty and the Jade Serpent go to the Royal Opera House where the colors are a beautiful bright gold – and the story follows a similar route, steadily getting better and better while taking its time to get there. This issue isn’t bad; it just fails to shine, not reaching a high until the end of the issue. The art is a bit of a mess, but the colors are a nice subtle touch.  The story is just a very complex tale with an intriguing character at the helm of it.  Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #2 is a decent addition to the series, but still feels like it’s missing many of the elements that made the first issue great. Overall – 6.8/10 *Satisfactory - A title that's not for everyone, but has a few standout moments. Maybe if you have a few extra bucks it's worth picking it up.*


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