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Brodieís Law #2

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2004
By: James Redington



"Close Encounter"

Writers: Daley Osiyemi, David Bircham (story, creators), Alan Grant (dialogue)
Artist: David Bircham

Publisher: Pulp Theatre Entertainment (www.brodieslaw.com)

Jack Brodie, expert thief and professional killer, was on a routine assignment. He was paid well to break into a high tech lab and steal a disc that contained a top-secret experiment. His contractor is the CEO and shareholder of the research company, Eugene Della Cruz. A third party gets wind of the job, and everything goes horribly wrong. It was a set up. He escapes - barely alive.

It makes front-page news everywhere. Brodie suddenly becomes the most wanted man in Britain. He goes underground, seeking refuge away from the world. Even worse, for the first time he fails to see a way out. Things come apart fast: his son is kidnapped, and he is framed for his ex-wifeís murder. He begins to lose his sense of self-belief. Everything Brodie ever valued is gone. Forced to live like an animal, his hideout becomes his new home, only stepping out of the shadows under the cover of darkness.

Brodie has to fight back, and heís ready to do whatever it takes to find his son, clear his name and seek his revenge. With the help of Tomokai Yoshida, a genetic scientist, Brodie from the bleakest point of his life - being the country's public enemy - finds a way to turn the tables. The disc he stole is a blue print for a process called Psycho Metamorphosis or PM13, a compound that stimulates a humanís latent ability to morph from one human likeness to another, male or female. Brodie realizes the power that comes with anonymity; without a fixed identity, the law cannot track him. The compound was only a prototype and so is inherently unstable. Brodie never knows how long it will work and with each metamorphosis the process takes its toll. Once touched, his victims are left in a coma, helpless until their identity is returned. In essence Brodie becomes a soul reaper. The process of transformation is far from clean, and Brodie partially retains the soul of each person he touches. Each journey into the body of another takes Brodie further into the darker recesses of the human mind. Brodie is no longer alone; with each passing day, the voices within grow louder.


What is this issue like?

Jack Brodie is now wanted... DEAD OR ALIVE! Special Branch Detective Harry Wade, a former friend, has been tapped to bring him in.

The plot continues to move fast, very fast in fact. The issue is full of great action panels, and some interesting relationships are opened up and ready to be explored.

The plot moves on, and a great chase scene involves Jack and Harry through the streets of London. Artist David Bircham provides a real sense of speed and danger in his panels during the chase, and it all feels very much like an action film. This issue is kinda a cross between Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Rock in terms of angles and atmosphere.

The issue leaves you looking forward to the next, and I am. If you havenít checked out this comic yet... do it!!



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