Advance Review: A Welcome Shift In Storytelling In `The Roadie’ #2

Shelby Petroski is having a bad day. She was nearly fired for performing profane, sacrilegious sounds during at talent show at the school in which she teaches. She’s finally met her father (although she doesn’t even realize it’s him) and she’s being chased by hellspawn.

Her dad, Joe D. the roadie, isn’t having much luck himself. He didn’t even realize he had a daughter, who now must rescue from said hellspawn. Their introduction doesn’t exactly go as planned. Fortunately, that’s good news for the reader.

After a premiere issue packed with beautiful art but also too much exposition, this second installment drops all the characters into the middle of the action. It’s a welcome pick-me-up from last issue. Even a B-story with the band’s lead singer seems to go nowhere but ends up laying the groundwork for more intrigue in this four-part limited series.

That’s thanks to the strong writing from Tim Seeley. In addition to giving readers the action mixed with horror that they are looking for, Seeley isn’t afraid to get topical or to touch upon sensitive social issues. After making fun of Fox News and the lack of minority teachers at private schools, the principal says, “Let’s hope all we have to worry about is normal stuff like active shooters.” Ouch. True, but ouch.

Fran Galan again impresses with his artwork. While he doesn’t have quite as much to working with as in the previous issue, he makes the most of it. Even when the demons are in human form, they look menacing, thanks to Galan’s linework and colors. And when evil reveals its true form, the results are look even better – despite spelling bad news for Joe and his daughter.

That bad news, of course, is why readers keep coming back for more. And with this shift in storytelling, those readers should have all the incentive they need.

The Roadie #2 will be available for purchase on October 26, 2022.

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