The Other Side Of The Story In Banjax #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
We turn our attention to Gyro as his company, Gyrotech, prepares to unroll a new program: Cerberus. It will be a private task force intended to take out the most violent and dangerous criminal element plaguing the cities across the United States. However, the return of Banjax and his connection to Gyro have complicated things. Gyro needs Banjax off the table, and it presents a unique opportunity to show the effectiveness of the Cerberus task force. Unfortunately, Gyro’s mental state has been degrading since Banjax’s return due to lack of sleep.

Banjax #2 cover by Fabio Alves
Banjax #2 cover by Fabio Alves

Banjax #2 focuses upon Banjax’s former partner and protege, Gyro, as he attempts to keep his house in order now that Banjax is back. It’s a compelling character study in a man whose worst nightmare is his own mentor.
Gyro became a celebrity and business mogul in the absence of Banjax, and now the man is back and exercising his own violent and misdirected sense of justice across town. Gyro wants it to stop, but he also needs it to stop for his Cerberus project to get off the ground.
You’re left wondering if there ever were any true heroes here–or if such a thing could even exist. Banjax is a violent psychopath in the mold of the Comedian or the Punisher, and Gyro is simply a talented opportunist.
Banjax continues to wear its inspirations with pride in this issue, as the comparisons to Watchmen continue to be apt, though there is definitely some Miracleman in there for good measure. I don’t mean to use these comparisons to diminish Banjax. Quite the opposite; this comic exists in a great line of superhero deconstruction narratives.
Banjax #2 art by Fabio Alves, Edson Ferreira, and letterer HdE
Banjax #2 art by Fabio Alves, Edson Ferreira, and letterer HdE

Fabio Alves artwork is once again a grim depiction of a decaying world. While many scenes take place inside Gyrotech, there is still an air of stale death to the scenes, and it suits Banjax’s story so very well. Edson Ferreira’s color art boosts that atmosphere with dark and grim shades spread across the panels of the book.
Banjax #2 builds well upon the first installment, showing the other side to the Banjax story and how there’s no true hero in this narrative. It’s a brilliant character drama and one easily worth a recommendation. Feel free to give this one a read.
Banjax #2 comes to us from writer Rylend Grant, artist and cover artist Fabio Alves, color artist Edson Ferreira, and letterer HdE.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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