“Previously…After a typical happy day with his typical happy family, a young boy named Kevin wakes up to a world where everyone over the age of 18 wants to kill everyone UNDER the age of 18.  Kevin narrowly escapes several attempts on his life only to find himself staring down the barrel of a rifle.”  After the cliffhanger at the end of issue one, readers can continue reading this story to see what happens next.  Now the question is, how does issue two compare to the first issue?Hide_02_Page1

The action begins immediately after the title page, and this is where readers will have a better understanding of what’s going on, and why the kids have to resort to violence in order to survive.  This strange, new “phenomenon” is slowly piecing itself together, and as more kids gather together, reasons become more clear.  The protagonist, Kevin, meets another major character, Matt.  In order to survive and escape being seen by anyone over 18, the boys have to make it to Matt’s house, which isn’t too far away.

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But first, they must use stealth and dodge adults who are wandering around outside, with weapons in hand.  In the midst of this, they hear cries for help from a girl.  A comical moment occurs at this moment between Matt and Kevin, shortly after seeing what’s going on at the house, where they heard the cries for help.  Disturbing, violent scenes are revealed here, and the story continues to fill readers on the events going on.  Another comical moment occurs shortly after, and it’s a nice break from all the violence that’s going on throughout this neighborhood.

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Another major character is introduced, Alex, and he’s…not very nice.  Alex is hardcore, as he was training to be a sniper.  Kevin is then introduced to some other kids that Matt and Alex rescued, but what happened to the little kids they rescued?  Where did they go?  What happened to them?  Read this second installment to find out, and to see how this issue ends (for now).

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Overall, the second issue of “HiDE” was very well written, advanced the story well, and was illustrated nicely.  Seeing the reactions on the faces of these characters brings them depth, from the comedic moments to the more serious moments, this book blends the gore and humor perfectly.  It’s refreshing to see both aspects of the story meshed into one book.  Although not as gory as the first issue, this second story sets the groundwork for things to come, the story advances, and new characters are introduced to the readers.  Stories need a break from all the violence and gore to progress the events going on, character introductions, background information, character development…“HiDE #2” justifies this.  Another winner from writer/artist/colorist/letterer Vernon Smith.  I rate this book 4.6 Geek-Heads out of 5, definitely worth reading, and it can be purchased HERE from Comixology.

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