Island 731 #2
Writers: Jeremy Robinson/Kane Gilmour
Artist: Jeff Zornow
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
This is the second issue of six. (The first issue review can be read HERE.) I was really expecting more from this story. This whole story is very similar to the premise of the television show LOST. The first issue got my attention and I was hoping for some good story content but, it’s still moving a little slow, kind of like the show LOST.
The biggest thing that happens in this issue is that there’s a really awesome monster and our islanders are accosted by it. Other than that, not a lot happens. We see a few monsters actually. There’s the draco-snake, which is a flying snake, kinda like a mix between a dragon and a snake. We also have some sort of “thing” that is reminiscent of Big Foot having a child with a werewolf.
The crew has split up. Some are staying on the ship and some are staying on the island. They are still looking for Kam and have actually become kind of suspicious of him since they found out that his translation of the rubber band around the sea turtle was not honest and accurate. On the island, they find a goat with the same kind of labeled band as a collar. One of the other shipmates met his wife in Japan and can read it. It says “Goat 314”. So, Kam saying the turtle band said “broccoli” can’t be true.
They also find evidence of human experimentation and assume it’s by Japanese soldiers/scientists, whatever, and that it started in WWII. The mass grave they found shows evidence of humans having extra limbs and such. That, coupled with the weird flying snakes, they assume someone is scientifically engineering chimeras, creatures with parts of other creatures.
And the final shocker, we encounter a sea creature in the water of what looks like a river on the island. This creature reminds me of the Cracken but, way uglier. This thing has one nasty mouth.
To me, this is a blatant rip off of LOST. My hopes have been seemingly dashed as we progress through the story and we only get little tidbits to tide us over. It is not lost on me (pun not intended but, still funny) that the show LOST was six seasons and this series is six issues. The reveals and progressions are so similar in fashion to LOST that I almost feel like I’m reading some sort of sequel…which LOST did NOT need.
One of the most frustrating things is that we keep getting introduced to stuff with no explanation. I spent six seasons getting that from the makers of LOST and honestly, it got old. It seems like every time we get an answer we are bombarded with three more things that have no answers. While I am a huge fam of real suspense, dragging things out for no reason kinda grates on me.
I have issue three. If something major doesn’t happen by the end of that issue, I am going to give up on this series.
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