Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2 puts the crew to the test, both physically and emotionally, as writer Michael Moreci reveals a few of Dispater’s secrets. He also begins to develop the mysterious Hello Danny android. Will he be friend or foe to the crew? Is it good?
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2
In the debut issue of Roche Limit: Clandestiny, Moreci gave us a taste of horror. In this issue he further expands on this by putting Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2 firmly into the psychological thriller/horror genre.
Moreci instills the horror by opening this issue with Elbus’ half of the crew navigating their way through a pitch black alleyway. They have only their flashlights to guide them. Kyle Charles ramps up the tension with some excellent positional panels. In the first, he shows the three members of the crew in a triangle formation with their backs pressed against each other and weapons drawn. You can feel the nervousness emanating off of them. He follows this panel up with one that gives the characters a reason to be afraid. He depicts the shadowy creature looming above one of the crew members, Lee, just waiting for the opportune moment to strike.
Charles’ ability to capture the fear and horror of the scene would not be complete without Matt Battaglia’s colors. He expertly captures the light from the flashlights peering into the pitch black. The transition from bright light to pitch black isn’t subtle but abrupt. It appears as if the light is being consumed by the darkness. However, the light that is shown almost glimmers on the page.
The psychological thriller arrives when the other half of the crew runs across a raging wild boar. It stampedes over one of the crew members, Kim, who is knocked unconscious. Moreci, Charles, and Battaglia combine to create a super creepy scenario that appears to be a vision of Kim’s past. Charles draws out the opening of a door for an entire page using four horizontal panels. It builds a ton of tension as you imagine all sorts of horror behind the door. Moreci adds to this by using a seemingly harmless lullaby but, combined with Charles’ four panels, it takes on a whole other level of creepiness. Battaglia highlights the door opening. He slowly adds more light and at a brighter intensity for each panel as the door gradually opens.
Outside of these standout sequences, Moreci continues to build an excellent dysfunctional team dynamic. The introduction of the android, Hello Danny, fuels the majority of this dysfunction, creating a lack of trust, but he does provide hints as to what the crew is currently facing on Dispater. However, Danny remains a mysterious and dangerous character.
Moreci begins to explore the purpose of humanity. He offers a unique perspective from Sasha’s viewpoint, specifically focusing on progress and an inherent nature to “forge ahead” in order to make sense of the “mystery and inconsistencies” of our lives. The dialogue he uses also challenges this idea. It is excellently crafted to really get us as readers to question our own purposes. However, he doesn’t let us mull the question for very long. Instead, he dives into a tense action sequence.
Is It Good?
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2 is brilliant; Moreci’s writing is a pleasure to read, and the way he combines his dialogue with Kyle Charles’ artwork excellently builds tension, leading to horrifying or thrilling mini-climaxes. You are able to experience the characters’ fear, confusion, mistrust, and loss. The action is exciting and the enemy is formidable, both physically and mentally. This is a smart action-packed sci-fi with a whole lot of mystery to keep you coming back for more. Can I get issue three already?