Thomas Alsop is a media sensation. Traveling as magician and occultist, Thomas makes a living with his TV show. His secret weapon is the fact that he is the Hand of the Island of Manhattan and he is charged with managing the supernatural goings on. During an encounter with one particular bad spirit, Thomas makes the mistake of running afoul of the five families connected with his title. Thomas is confronted by his family and told to keep a low profile. In response, Thomas goes on a drinking spree and to pay his respects to an old friend who died during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
Writer Chris Miskiewicz knows how to tell a story and keep an audience connected. Thomas Alsop is rude, but also a wounded enough character to be endearing. Palle Schmidt continues to wow me with his watercolor style, casting an ethereal glow on everything in this comic. Flashbacks are done in simple black and white, the current action in color tones reminiscent of film noir. If you are a native New Yorker or still really sensitive about the Twin Towers, walk away now. You will tear up and feel a nagging pain in your chest. This story will bring back old memories of those we lost, but it is done respectfully.
Thomas Alsop #2 is engaging, quick-witted and just plain fun to read. Even in a state of complete exhaustion, I found myself keeping the lights on just a bit longer to finish up this issue. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Thomas Alsop #2 is available from BOOM! Press now.