Synopsis: A constant stream of terrorist attacks follows John Shaw, and the only thing that keeps him one step ahead is a collection of power-giving inhalers and a hatred of shoes. When he’s once again caught in the middle of a terrorist plot, Shaw finds that these random attacks may not be so random—and the fabric of reality may be at stake.
With the first issue having focused on Thomas Cord. This second issue in the series gives us the origins of A detective by the name of John Shaw who after being sent a mysterious package in the mail that has inhalers in it gains Super Strength, Hyper Intelligence, and Heightened Senses. The story begins during a train journey where John is sat with a few passengers. One of which recognizes him and asks him about the inhalers and his past adventures. This moment of hero worship is interrupted when a group of goons belonging to the terrorist organization Goldmaze attack. As Jong dispatches the goons he is contacted by their leader who is a white-suited guy with half his face burnt and a very distinct lisp. The Lisp guy tells John that there is a bomb rigged to go off in Los Angeles, but he annunciates it as Losh Angelesh.
Wilfredo Torres continues with a simple lined style that suits the pulpish nature of the comics story, which is basically Man From Uncle, James Bond, and any given spy adventure movie or TV series on steroids, with a touch of Die Hard. “Think John, Think!”.
It’s quite difficult to pick a panel that stands out because there is so much action and fun to be had in the comic. The main thing is the art style works alongside the visceral pacing of the story. There’s a real sense of movement and momentum to all of the panels.
Matt Kindt delivers a really solid second issue, which links things up with events in the first issue as the last few pages see John meet up with Agent Chord. I loved the cheeky references to ‘Die Hard’ with some of the dialogue and am really loving the over the top nature of the spy story. The inhalers that Shaw gets put me in mind of the Superdrug that was depicted in ‘Limitless’. I really want to see this made into a TV show or a movie. It is that much fun.