Truly Waking The Dead: ‘Blackwood: The Mourning After #2’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Wren, Stephen, Jamar, and Keiko discuss their plans to resurrect Dennis using the well. Jamar is hesitant, but the other three are committed–so Jamar agrees to help. Afterwards, Keiko, Wren, and Stephen go to the Blackwood library. It’s a massive installation with an enormous collection of books and Reiko immediately falls in love with it. From there, they go to watch the recovery process happening at the pit. This project also finds Blackwood clashing with INS.P.E.C.T., another organization that specializes in the supernatural. One of their representatives, an Agent Wenworth, approaches Dean Colby about the incident that led to Dean Ogden’s death. Dean Colby is worried that INS.P.E.C.T. is planning a takeover–and his fears are correct.

Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 cover by Veronica Fish
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 cover by Veronica Fish

Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 finds Wren, Keiko, Jamar, and Stephen planning something thoroughly irresponsible to bring Dennis back to the land of the living. However, they feel that they owe it to Dennis to try and there is no talking them out of it.
This brings a bit of emotion and comedy to the issue; it’s hard not to sympathize with their commitment to Dennis. On the other hand, it’s also a bit funny because of how clearly bad an idea it is. Plus, there are plenty of snarky one-liners to share.
It does highlight how difficult it’s becoming to differentiate Wren, Keiko, and Stephen as characters. While there are moments where one stands out from the others and shows a distinct personality trait, they feel like a singular entity most of the time. Hopefully, this story will help set the trio apart from one another.
The bureaucracy battle between Blackwood and INS.P.E.C.T. promises to be a nice source of drama and I do look forward to seeing what that brings to Blackwood.
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 art by Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, and letterer Greg McKenna
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 art by Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, and letterer Greg McKenna

Veronica and Andy Fish once again provide a strong showing in the visuals of Blackwood: The Mourning After #2. The texture and personality they impart on the world and its character is uniquely gorgeous. The color work is quirky and wild, which is perfectly suited to Blackwood.
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 builds on the drama of the first issue. We watch the students get closer to performing a profane ritual to resurrect a classmate and an outside entity is threatening to take over the school. It’s an engaging tale with excellent art and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Blackwood: The Mourning After #2 comes to us from writer Evan Dorkin, artists and color artists Veronica and Andy Fish, letterer Greg McKenna, cover artist Veronica Fish, and variant cover artist Andrew Maclean.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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