Synopsis: An ill wind blows through the streets of London…
Terror sweeps through the city of London as the end of days draws ever nearer. The forces of darkness that have taken over are gaining ground. Lily and Ethan are in a race against time. To find the key to defeating Lucifer, they must accept help in whatever form it comes to them, even if that is in the form of Dorian Gray.
As they head for the notorious hospital, and madhouse, Bedlam, they have no notion of the horrifying danger they are about to find within those walls…
Review: Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #2.7 moved the narrative chess pieces around the board in preparation for the next issue. That said, writer Chris King blended the exposition and action very well, so the exposition didn’t stall the story while waiting for the chess match clock to run out.
The single panel of Kaetenay’s dream on page 3 set the tone and pace perfectly. In dream and in reality, Bedlam became central to the action. Characters converged. Ethan finally learned about the part Victor played in Lily’s resurrection, and he also learned that his surrogate father was still with him in spirit. Just as importantly, however, readers finally got to see how deadly Lord Hyde could be.
While crucial character beats were playing out. though, King crafted action beats with equal intensity. The sequences involving Ethan and Satan’s Angel of Death were appropriately visceral. Additionally, artist Jesus Hervas and colorist Jason Wordie rose to the challenge in the aforementioned sequences involving Lord Hyde’s bloody dispatching of a possessed patient.
All in all, Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #2.7 was a solid chapter, setting up next month’s sure to be an exciting issue.