[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Boone and Glum fight for their lives against an assassin in a battle sarcophagus. Boone is fascinated by the capabilities of the assassin, but the assassin still escapes. Luckily, Boone put tracking smelling salts on the assassin that his proboscis journal. Boone and Glum follow him to the Port of Skulls, and Glum negotiates passage on a pirate ship for himself and Boone. Glum urges Boone to restrain himself, but he still causes trouble for the pirates and Glum. The pirates are ready to kill Boone by the time the ship reaches their destination: Isle of the Seven Lucky Gods.
Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #2 finds Glum and Boone going on a grand odyssey to track down Violet. This leads them across Ether and its treacherous seas, all the while Boone endangers himself and Glum at every turn.
As creative and bizarre as Ether is, the character development (or lack thereof) of Boone is one of the most fascinating things. Despite all his downfalls, he seems to be static while everyone around him grows more and more distant. In this issue, it’s Glum that struggles to tolerate Boone’s quirks in order to help him in the search for Violet.
Boone means well of course, and he’s more curious than anything. However, that curiosity often puts himself and those around him in grave danger. The culmination of this is in the ending to this issue, where he acts without thinking and may very well have gotten himself well and truly dead.
David Rubin’s art style is strange, distinct, and often quite brilliant. The design of the assassin, the pirates, and the Seven Lucky Gods are original and memorable. The color palette is otherworldly and imbues Ether with its own atmosphere and personality.
Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #2 is fast-moving, strange, and fun adventure through the world of Ether in Boone and Glum’s search for Violet. Glum tries his best to have patience for his friend, but Boone has endangered Glum and the others too many times. Glum may be no longer able to help Boone. In any case, this issue gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #2 comes to us from writer Matt Kindt, artist, color artist, letterer, and cover artist David Rubin, flatter Kike J. Diaz, and variant cover artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta.
Final Score: 7.5/10