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Now that I’ve read the second issue of this series, I like it even more. The issue opens on a tropical isle where fifty couples are about to be wed in a group ceremony on the beach. In a large yacht nearby, a nefarious group is planning to bombard them with some kind of ray or signal that will turn them all into mad killers. Well, as you can see above, it works all too well.
Back in London, Uncle Jack is telling his nephew Gary about his secret career as a British agent, and offering the boy a chance to enter training to become one himself. Gary takes some convincing, but in the end agrees, and is taken to the covert training center. Jack, meanwhile, is called to join the investigation into the kill ray, which sends him off to China.
While the gore is not to my taste, the spy stuff is well written by Mark Millar and feels authentic, as do the relationships between Jack, his sister and her family. Dave Gibbon’s art is wonderful, aided by great inks from Andy Lanning and fine colors from Angus McKie, whose work I don’t see enough of.