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Six-thousand-year-old Andromache "Andy" of Scythia, Nicolo "Nicky" of Genoa, Yusuf "Joe" al-Kaysani, and twenty-seven-year-old Nile return to the fight in the critically acclaimed mini-series by New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ! When you've waged war as long as Andy and her squad, you've gotten your hands more than bloody. Now, the day h Six-thousand-year-old Andromache "Andy" of Scythia, Nicolo "Nicky" of Genoa, Yusuf "Joe" al-Kaysani, and twenty-seven-year-old Nile return to the fight in the critically acclaimed mini-series by New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ! When you've waged war as long as Andy and her squad, you've gotten your hands more than bloody. Now, the day has come to confront the sins of the past. But as Nile struggles to make peace with the team, the last person Andy expected ever to see again returns to challenge not only what Andy believes in, but what the team is willing to fight for. Collects THE OLD GUARD: FORCE MULTIPLIED #1-5


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Six-thousand-year-old Andromache "Andy" of Scythia, Nicolo "Nicky" of Genoa, Yusuf "Joe" al-Kaysani, and twenty-seven-year-old Nile return to the fight in the critically acclaimed mini-series by New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ! When you've waged war as long as Andy and her squad, you've gotten your hands more than bloody. Now, the day h Six-thousand-year-old Andromache "Andy" of Scythia, Nicolo "Nicky" of Genoa, Yusuf "Joe" al-Kaysani, and twenty-seven-year-old Nile return to the fight in the critically acclaimed mini-series by New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ! When you've waged war as long as Andy and her squad, you've gotten your hands more than bloody. Now, the day has come to confront the sins of the past. But as Nile struggles to make peace with the team, the last person Andy expected ever to see again returns to challenge not only what Andy believes in, but what the team is willing to fight for. Collects THE OLD GUARD: FORCE MULTIPLIED #1-5

30 review for Force Multiplied

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I liked Force Mulitplied even better than I did the first volume, Opening Fire. And before anyone asks, yes, I liked it much better than the movie. <--which was very good! Speaking of the movie, if you watched it, then you're already going to know some of what happens here. I mean it doesn't happen in the same way because the spoilery changes they made in the movie don't apply to the comic. But some of the characters that show up? Well, you already kind of knew more about them than you would have I liked Force Mulitplied even better than I did the first volume, Opening Fire. And before anyone asks, yes, I liked it much better than the movie. <--which was very good! Speaking of the movie, if you watched it, then you're already going to know some of what happens here. I mean it doesn't happen in the same way because the spoilery changes they made in the movie don't apply to the comic. But some of the characters that show up? Well, you already kind of knew more about them than you would have. It doesn't matter. The main thing is that it's got a great plot and it expounds on the mythos of these immortals. I'm still not at all in love with the art but the story is good enough that I just overlook the way some of the faces seem to be occasionally made out of rubber. Overall, I thought this was an excellent comic. If you like the 1st one, I'll bet you like this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina Haigler

    While this volume was good, I have to admit, I liked the first one better. I did like the plot, and the additional characters brought in, however the ending kind of ruined it for me. I was left feeling jolted at the sudden change in personalities. It really just felt like the last 5 pages or so were way out of character. Regardless I did get what I asked for--sort of--because we definitely get to see Andy's past, but she's not the only character I care about. I would like to see the others' past While this volume was good, I have to admit, I liked the first one better. I did like the plot, and the additional characters brought in, however the ending kind of ruined it for me. I was left feeling jolted at the sudden change in personalities. It really just felt like the last 5 pages or so were way out of character. Regardless I did get what I asked for--sort of--because we definitely get to see Andy's past, but she's not the only character I care about. I would like to see the others' pasts as well. This is supposed to be a trilogy but I think it would be better with 5+ volumes--one focusing on each character's past would be nice--and quite frankly I think Andy's past would fill a volume by itself easy. Also what happened to Lykos? He was there and then he wasn't. Rude. I will go on to read the next volume simply because I'm not a quitter, but I have a feeling that even if it's good, I'm not going to like where the story is headed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    exploraDora

    ***3 stars*** Ugh, I'm soooo annoyed and disappointed with this issue 🙄 I couldn't wait to finish reading vol 1 so I could get on with this one, hoping I'd get some answers. Well, I didn't. Instead I got a story that was way too short and uneventful. And part 3 will probably come out in a few years. Damn. ***3 stars*** Ugh, I'm soooo annoyed and disappointed with this issue 🙄 I couldn't wait to finish reading vol 1 so I could get on with this one, hoping I'd get some answers. Well, I didn't. Instead I got a story that was way too short and uneventful. And part 3 will probably come out in a few years. Damn.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I enjoyed this volume even more than the first. Great stuff. You know, I only read these because my wife expressed an interest in watching the movie version and I always prefer to read the book first but now I’m worried about watching the movie in case it craps all over the books...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Loses energy from the first volume, maybe because some major elements were spoiled for me since they had been pulled into the first movie which I saw a few months ago, or maybe because it is the more serious middle chapter in a trilogy. While well executed, it now seems to be covering ground the Highlander movies and TV series have churned up pretty well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    Although it explores Andromache "Andy" of Scythia's past, this volume seemed to have much less substance than it could've had. The concept of immortality doesn't feel as innovative as it first was but there's enough world-building to make it interesting as the story explores how these characters with their "gift/curse" can either decide to do good or bad. The artwork remains constant with the style first introduced in the first volume, with a relatively monochromatic and rough art style. There's Although it explores Andromache "Andy" of Scythia's past, this volume seemed to have much less substance than it could've had. The concept of immortality doesn't feel as innovative as it first was but there's enough world-building to make it interesting as the story explores how these characters with their "gift/curse" can either decide to do good or bad. The artwork remains constant with the style first introduced in the first volume, with a relatively monochromatic and rough art style. There's very little detail to the world or characters but it works. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After watching the lackluster Netflix film, I went back and reread the first volume and then the first four issues of this one before tackling the final issue. Rucka’s writing was much sharper in the first volume - wittier and more playful, and also more thought-provoking. Had he approached the movie like that, it could have been more fun. Force Multiplied introduces us to an immortal character, Noriko (Quynh in the movie), from Andy’s past. And she’s pissed because she’s spent the last five hun After watching the lackluster Netflix film, I went back and reread the first volume and then the first four issues of this one before tackling the final issue. Rucka’s writing was much sharper in the first volume - wittier and more playful, and also more thought-provoking. Had he approached the movie like that, it could have been more fun. Force Multiplied introduces us to an immortal character, Noriko (Quynh in the movie), from Andy’s past. And she’s pissed because she’s spent the last five hundred years drowning over and over. This volume is at its best when Andy and Noriko reunite. This isn’t quite as good as volume one, but it’s still good (and the art seems better). There are some questionable moments, particularly towards the end. I thought it was tough to believe in the movie when Copley reveals that people Andy has saved turned out to later make important contributions to society (in the movie, one person apparently prevents nuclear annihilation?), and Rucka plugs that into this volume. But it is the final third of the last issue that is really questionable. First, Nile discovers that Andy used to own slaves thousands of years ago, during the Mesopotamian era. It’s worth noting that slavery during the ancient civilizations was not at all like American slavery, which was race-based and far more cruel. Yet Nile becomes enraged, and suddenly roles are reversed and Andy grows depressed while Nile takes over the role of leader, casting Andy aside as though she is now worthless. And in the meantime, Nicky and Joe, who have known her for hundreds of years, and Booker, who Andy just rescued from a horrible fate from Noriko, and Copley, who has discovered the good things Andy’s actions have accomplished, all say nothing and leave her behind to follow Nile. It’s as if their combined life experiences leave them with very little wisdom or loyalty or even character. And it sets up what will likely be a showdown between Andy and Noriko versus all of the others. What I thought was an overall strong volume ends by deflating any excitement I have for what will be the final volume of the series. I really hope Rucka doesn’t blow it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    Hmmm. That ending was very "You die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain". And more on Noriko, awesome. I feel like things won't end well for Moose. GIMME BOOK THREE, DAMN IT. Hmmm. That ending was very "You die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain". And more on Noriko, awesome. I feel like things won't end well for Moose. GIMME BOOK THREE, DAMN IT.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rahma

    ”Here’s the thing about power: People who have it believe they deserve it. And so they believe those who don’t deserve whatever happens to them. People who have power will do anything to keep it. And they’ll do whatever they can to convince you you’re better off that way.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    better than the first installment till the last 10 pages went it went full SJW and decided to judge a person older than the pyramids by 20th century morality.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Siria

    A step up from the first volume: the dialogue's not quite as clunky, and while the art's still ugly, it's not quite as aggressively ugly and there's less of the gratuitous "hey, tits!" I liked that there was more background given for Andy, though there's of course a limit to how much depth you can give characters in the space of a slim graphic novel. I'm not sure how much I bought the climactic/cliffhanger twist, but I'm far more invested in the movie characterisations so whatever. (For a variet A step up from the first volume: the dialogue's not quite as clunky, and while the art's still ugly, it's not quite as aggressively ugly and there's less of the gratuitous "hey, tits!" I liked that there was more background given for Andy, though there's of course a limit to how much depth you can give characters in the space of a slim graphic novel. I'm not sure how much I bought the climactic/cliffhanger twist, but I'm far more invested in the movie characterisations so whatever. (For a variety of reasons, what happens here can't be the plot of what happens in the movie sequel which, please Netflix and global public health situations willing, we will get at some point.) (A small but significant cause of cringe, given Nicky's backstory and the contemporary and longstanding association of Crusading/medievalist imagery with the far right: having his clothing emblazoned with a large red cross while he's in a fight? Yeesh.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    While the first graphic novel was so exciting and full of action, this sequel was much more contemplative and had quite a lot of depth. We really get to know a lot about Andy’s past and how she has had to survive for millennia, and how that has changed her heart. Her story, especially after being reunited with Noriko and her reaction to it really broke my heart. Her loneliness and particularly the last scene really hit me hard. Noriko on the other hand is hardened by her experiences and is ready While the first graphic novel was so exciting and full of action, this sequel was much more contemplative and had quite a lot of depth. We really get to know a lot about Andy’s past and how she has had to survive for millennia, and how that has changed her heart. Her story, especially after being reunited with Noriko and her reaction to it really broke my heart. Her loneliness and particularly the last scene really hit me hard. Noriko on the other hand is hardened by her experiences and is ready to burn it all down - and frankly when you listen to the points she makes, it almost makes you wanna believe her. The art style was interesting as usual, and I particularly loved the ancient war panels and the one’s on the water. All the stabbing scenes looked pretty cool too (never thought I’d say that lol 😂). But ultimately I feel the strength of this series is in the characters and the dialogue, which were both excellent. I’m really enjoying the refreshing contrast that Nile brings to the team, who are all pretty ancient and cynical and maybe even given up on some things, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the finale.

  13. 5 out of 5

    nadia | notabookshelf

    what can i say except Heavens Bless This Series you know how like, all of us have that One trope that literally just fuels the spirit and makes life worth living? the trope that you can read hundreds of variations of and never get tired? yeah well. for me it's immortality. for fucking sure. and so like, when you give me immortal gays and lesbians that have no fucking idea what the fuck they're even doing on this goddamned earth, of fucking course i'm gonna be all over this shit. literally am so gr what can i say except Heavens Bless This Series you know how like, all of us have that One trope that literally just fuels the spirit and makes life worth living? the trope that you can read hundreds of variations of and never get tired? yeah well. for me it's immortality. for fucking sure. and so like, when you give me immortal gays and lesbians that have no fucking idea what the fuck they're even doing on this goddamned earth, of fucking course i'm gonna be all over this shit. literally am so grateful to be living at the same time as this comic series, thank you netflix for making a movie and forcing me to seek out the source material for i will forever be craving more and more content about these immortal idiots🖤

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a fairytale of blood and bullets It is the story of two women and three men that cannot die. Mostly... their name are Andy, Nicky, Joe, Booker and Nile. Nile Joined them and Booker left them. This is what happens next. This is a story about long lives, loneliness, love and violence. Once there was only Andy and then Andy met Noriko, lost Noriko at sea. This is the story about what happens when Noriko returns and what this does with Andy. Some people complain about how Andy ends this episode being This is a fairytale of blood and bullets It is the story of two women and three men that cannot die. Mostly... their name are Andy, Nicky, Joe, Booker and Nile. Nile Joined them and Booker left them. This is what happens next. This is a story about long lives, loneliness, love and violence. Once there was only Andy and then Andy met Noriko, lost Noriko at sea. This is the story about what happens when Noriko returns and what this does with Andy. Some people complain about how Andy ends this episode being different or unlike Andy, living more than 7 thousand years makes your emotional live far different than anybody can imagine. Andy gets hurt by Noriko's revenge but not in a physical way. This middle episode does set things up for the next episode The Old Guard: Fade Away. It is an excellent middle episode that shines more of a light on the motives of the people that live so long and sadly Nile being a product of our times things she knows it all and is easiest to manipulate. An excellent new story and I do hope we get this installment filmed shortly, the first movie by Netflix was quite enjoyable. So is this comic.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    Sometimes you just can't get rid of your ex. This is the middle volume of this comic series, and the bloody violence continues. I liked getting Andy's backstory - but this installment has some preachy overtones. You cannot judge historical events by today's morality. We can all agree that awful things are awful, but most people die and don't live long enough to be taken to task by generations 1000 years or so later. Well, if you are kinda immortal you do, and those sections are cheap shots IMO. Sometimes you just can't get rid of your ex. This is the middle volume of this comic series, and the bloody violence continues. I liked getting Andy's backstory - but this installment has some preachy overtones. You cannot judge historical events by today's morality. We can all agree that awful things are awful, but most people die and don't live long enough to be taken to task by generations 1000 years or so later. Well, if you are kinda immortal you do, and those sections are cheap shots IMO. Can you imagine living for 6000 years? What would your take on humanity be?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    The Old Guard, Book Two: Force Multiplied by Greg Rucka is a great continuation and I can't wait to see what's next. Here's to hoping that Book Three: Fade Away will be coming soon - and Tales Through Time as well. I'm not sure how I feel yet about the very, very end of this though. That said I'm really invested in these characters. I'm also a big fan of the Netflix movie adaptation, so my fingers are crossed for what's next on that from as well. The Old Guard, Book Two: Force Multiplied by Greg Rucka is a great continuation and I can't wait to see what's next. Here's to hoping that Book Three: Fade Away will be coming soon - and Tales Through Time as well. I'm not sure how I feel yet about the very, very end of this though. That said I'm really invested in these characters. I'm also a big fan of the Netflix movie adaptation, so my fingers are crossed for what's next on that from as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This book starts off rough. It's been three years since Rucka has bothered to do anything with The Old Guard and we're suddenly dumped into a caper with characters we barely remember and a plot that doesn't make much sense. Fortunately, by the halfway point, it's gained a lot of depth, and we're seeing real stories about the consequences of immortality — even if almost all of the cast remains ciphers. Still, it's very enjoyable through the end (and the characterization is made up for by the few This book starts off rough. It's been three years since Rucka has bothered to do anything with The Old Guard and we're suddenly dumped into a caper with characters we barely remember and a plot that doesn't make much sense. Fortunately, by the halfway point, it's gained a lot of depth, and we're seeing real stories about the consequences of immortality — even if almost all of the cast remains ciphers. Still, it's very enjoyable through the end (and the characterization is made up for by the few who get central spotlight). Which makes it a pity that Rucka has decided on just one more volume to complete his made-for-TV comic book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ushnav Shroff

    I hope the cinematic sequel lives up to its expectations. Of course, it'll be vastly different to this. I hope the cinematic sequel lives up to its expectations. Of course, it'll be vastly different to this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    James

    4.25 stars. I loved all the back story of Andy from thousands of years ago. So intriguing. The team is out doing jobs saving folks as usual when a new player pops up. Andy and the crew know her all to well. We learn what happened to her and it’s pretty F’ing tragic. This has changed her. She has a completely different ideology than everyone else. When she shows up, it rocks Andy to her core as they had a long history together. All of this seems to have brung Andy to a tipping point, not knowing 4.25 stars. I loved all the back story of Andy from thousands of years ago. So intriguing. The team is out doing jobs saving folks as usual when a new player pops up. Andy and the crew know her all to well. We learn what happened to her and it’s pretty F’ing tragic. This has changed her. She has a completely different ideology than everyone else. When she shows up, it rocks Andy to her core as they had a long history together. All of this seems to have brung Andy to a tipping point, not knowing if she can continue on. Then of course this ends on a crazy cliffhanger. Dammit man!! Now I have to wait who knows how long for part 3. Nooooooooo.......

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    Ooh man, just skimming over the other reviews showed me this volume is... controversial. First things first: I do find it jarring to return to the comic art after watching the Netflix movie. The casting and cinematography was just so good and I find this art kind of... uh... ugly. A lot of the more dramatic expressions, in particular, come off almost as caricatures of emotion designed to be uncomfortable to the eye, and while I can sort of see the pairing of that art style with this storyline mak Ooh man, just skimming over the other reviews showed me this volume is... controversial. First things first: I do find it jarring to return to the comic art after watching the Netflix movie. The casting and cinematography was just so good and I find this art kind of... uh... ugly. A lot of the more dramatic expressions, in particular, come off almost as caricatures of emotion designed to be uncomfortable to the eye, and while I can sort of see the pairing of that art style with this storyline making sense, it isn't my jam. Also, movie!Andromache's short hair makes way more sense than comic!Andromache's long locks. (And I'm gay for Charlize Theron with ripped arms and an axe, but really who isn't?) I have mixed feelings on the plot of this installment. It's not too much of a spoiler to say that it centers around the return of Noriko, long believed dead by the other immortals. (I mean, if you watched the movie you know this, so...) Her characterization is... mm. On the one hand, she lived in a constant cycle of drowning for centuries, and frankly that would drive anyone out of their mind. On the other hand, she's got a bit of manic pixie behavior going on in her body language/mannerisms and in how she talks, and it didn't feel quite right somehow. I think Rucka is walking a fine line to make her a character both pitied and feared, but it didn't come off with as much nuance as I would wish for. I do find it weirdly comforting to realize that the plot of a second movie (if we get one, which I'm rooting for) will basically have to be completely different. This volume definitely has second book syndrome - it's clearly a bridge to a third installment rather than a story arc that stands on its own, and there are a LOT of elements which will have to change in any film adaptation; my hope is that those changes will keep the movie from feeling similarly like just a connecting piece. I'd especially like to see more exploration of the experience of morality across time - what does it feel like to literally live long enough to see yourself become the villain, and how do you reconcile a desire to do good with the realization that you have done so much harm? That's a truly fascinating angle on immortality, and fascinating angles on immortality are what this series does. (There's obviously plenty of room for that in the third volume as well.) I'm kind of sad that this series has a definitive end point after V3, because I find this cast and concept so engaging, but that also has me hoping that we're pointed towards a satisfying, tightly written and well-planned finale. Fingers crossed it won't take too long to get here!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I liked this more than the first volume, I think: now that everybody's introduced, you can better sink your teeth into things like Andy's ennui and depression, plus the rest of the team still working through the repercussions from the first volume, plus the anchoring relationship and drama of Andy/Noriko is just so good. It also devoted far more time to backstory flashbacks for the two women, which was great and helped build them out further, whereas the first volume came across as more rushed s I liked this more than the first volume, I think: now that everybody's introduced, you can better sink your teeth into things like Andy's ennui and depression, plus the rest of the team still working through the repercussions from the first volume, plus the anchoring relationship and drama of Andy/Noriko is just so good. It also devoted far more time to backstory flashbacks for the two women, which was great and helped build them out further, whereas the first volume came across as more rushed since it had to establish so much in so few pages. The ending to this one was genuinely pretty saddening and surprising, and just made me v excited/hopeful that Netflix will go ahead and greenlight the next two movies, because I really want to see this on the screen already!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    So here's my criticism, take from it what you will: He wrote the first book and it did well. So well he was able to parley that into writing two more books and the movie. He wrote the movie. While the movie was being filmed he was writing the second book. The second book is somehow a sequel to the book and the movie. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but really? There's a huge plot point in the movie that doesn't get included in the book sequel and there's a gigantic action scene right then tha So here's my criticism, take from it what you will: He wrote the first book and it did well. So well he was able to parley that into writing two more books and the movie. He wrote the movie. While the movie was being filmed he was writing the second book. The second book is somehow a sequel to the book and the movie. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but really? There's a huge plot point in the movie that doesn't get included in the book sequel and there's a gigantic action scene right then that absolutely cannot happen in the second movie. And don't get me started on his characterization differences. There's some extra back story, which is nice, but it also somehow cheapens the character it's explaining? The movie did a better job of that. And what's the trope where someone is mad at you for something they think you did but you didn't do and they don't care about the truth they only care about what they think happened? Because that ish pisses me off every time. RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK. And the ending. Two pages of art (maybe three, I'm not going to check) and I hate it. The whole thing. Retroactively. The movie included. There's a very narrow path to be walked to make the next book bring it back around. I don't actually know what the path is but I can tell you that on either side lies madness. Greg's a great writer and I love hearing him speak. The Fatman Beyond podcast he was on was great and made me like him even more as a writer. I just think that this book suffered something. This is not to say I could have done better, Lord knows, it's just that expectations were not met. Also if you want to read a story about almost the exact same thing read The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. The same "immortal until not" story is there - but set in an alien (literally) Wild West. And there's magic. There's even the 'dreams when there's a new person' thing. To compare this series thus far, the first book is The Highlander and this one is Highlander 2.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Just as exciting as Book One, raising the stakes and leaving me in agony for Book Three!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    I have no idea wtf is going on or if I like it, but I sure want to read the last installment now...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lyss Emerson

    Great storyline and fantastic art.

  26. 5 out of 5

    sara

    I !!!!!!!! Okay, so maybe I am really into this story, but I love the premise and I got stupidly attached to the characters, but the way this volume ends is just !!! wow way too much, and I really like the somewhat different yet somewhat similar way in which the comic storyline went versus the film.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    I love the second volume, and I thought it was much stronger than the first. I know people are having feelings about how the comic is different from the movie, but I'm bought into both. I love the second volume, and I thought it was much stronger than the first. I know people are having feelings about how the comic is different from the movie, but I'm bought into both.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Read in single issues. Oh man this story is SO FREAKING GOOD. Reread the first trade, watched the film, reread issues 1-4, and then read issue #5 which just came out yesterday. I love this world, I love these characters, and I cannot wait for Book Three.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this collection so much and it definitely included what I felt was missing from the first collection; we get so much more depth to Andy and every glimpse we got into her backstory was so good and added such a depth to her characterisation. She's lived for over 6,000 years and you can't even imagine what she's seen and experienced. It's so easy to understand where she's coming from in this collection; for 6,000 years she's watched humanity fight, torture, and murder one another and she's I loved this collection so much and it definitely included what I felt was missing from the first collection; we get so much more depth to Andy and every glimpse we got into her backstory was so good and added such a depth to her characterisation. She's lived for over 6,000 years and you can't even imagine what she's seen and experienced. It's so easy to understand where she's coming from in this collection; for 6,000 years she's watched humanity fight, torture, and murder one another and she's just about had enough of trying to save them. I didn't get Nile in this one though; she's been alive for 27 years and thinks she knows better than Andy - she didn't even seem to have any compassion or understanding for how drained Andy was - I also didn't get how she just took charge and all the guys just left with her?! Like not one of them said anything to Andy as they wandered out - Andy who had cared for them for centuries and led them. The third instalment is definitely going to make for an interesting read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    It's more of what you liked about the first volume, just done worse! Less heartfelt, less philosophically interesting, less cool action scenes. It dials up more human drama and has some scary moments that deliver on the concept but overall it was just disappointing. What made the first volume great was each character had a personality and a moment that made them unique, how they dealt with immortality and how it changed them. This volume focuses on fewer characters and though they're interesting It's more of what you liked about the first volume, just done worse! Less heartfelt, less philosophically interesting, less cool action scenes. It dials up more human drama and has some scary moments that deliver on the concept but overall it was just disappointing. What made the first volume great was each character had a personality and a moment that made them unique, how they dealt with immortality and how it changed them. This volume focuses on fewer characters and though they're interesting it's also done cheaper. The motivations are blurred and the characters themselves are having less fun- even when they're getting tortured in volume one they're still charismatic and likable. This volume... nope, it's all about angst. And yes, grief as seen through the eyes of someone who has an eternity to contemplate it is interesting - and we get some great segments about that - but Greg Rucka doesn't commit to it enough and settles for more drama instead.

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