Unity Or Darkness: ‘Rising Sun #2’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Yurei swarm our heroes in the abandoned village. Chiyoko tries to organize a defensive strategy, but Takara opts to retreat and leave Jun to die. Chiyoko won’t have it, even as Takara tries to take command and call her own retreat. Hotaru takes Yumiko to a nearby rooftop so that she can make better use of her rifle. However, they’re overwhelmed on the rooftop and their platform collapses. Before the others can get to them, the Yurei organize and cover the village in shadow. 

Rising Sun #2 cover by Martin Coccolo and Katrina Mae Hao
Rising Sun #2 cover by Martin Coccolo and Katrina Mae Hao

Rising Sun #2 drops its heroes and the readers right back into action. The Yurei, which are often benevolent spirits that have turned violent in the absence of the Kami, have surrounded our heroes and aim to kill them.
The other threat which faces the leads of Rising Sun is distrust and incoordination. Takara has challenged Chiyoko from the beginning, but, after a disaster, other members of the team begin to question Chiyoko’s wisdom and capacity for leadership.
That is the overarching story of Rising Sun. Each member of the team comes from a different clan and has little inclination to trust one another. Chiyoko’s challenge is to unite these disparate personalities and it remains to be seen if she can.
You do have to feel for Chiyoko in this role, though some of the challenges to her leadership seem justified at times–particularly in light of the disaster the team faces in this issue.
Rising Sun #2 art by Martin Coccolo, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Deron Bennett
Rising Sun #2 art by Martin Coccolo, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Deron Bennett

Martin Coccolo brings another issue of stellar visuals. The action scenes are intense and sweeping and the character designs look great. The characters are aptly expressive and Katrina Mae Hao’s color art supports it all with vibrant and contrasting tones.
Rising Sun #2 is another exciting issue, chock full of personality, action, and great artwork. The different personalities of the team shine through well and there’s plenty in the book to grab a reader, such as myself, who has never played the tabletop game of the same name. Check this one out.
Rising Sun #2 comes to us from writers Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, artist Martin Coccolo, color artist Katrina Mae Hao, letterer Deron Bennett, cover artist Martin Coccolo with Katrina Mae Hao, and variant cover artist Chieh Ying Yu.
Final Score: 8/10

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