Team-Up Review: 'Veil' # 2': Who, or what, is Veil?

A comic review article by: Ra’Chaun Rogers, John Yohe

John Yohe: 

The plot-driving question remains: Who, or what, is Veil? While Dante and Veil re-group in a downtown New York diner, writer Greg Rucka introduces some new characters: Cormac, who seems to be an occultist-for-hire, and his hirer, Mr. Scarborough, some kind of bigwig corporate church leader. What exactly Scarborough wants also remains a mystery at this point, though it involves human sacrifice. And Veil.

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Meanwhile, those rats that I thought might have just been creepy decoration in Veil #1 seem to be a little more intelligent than normal, but whether they’re choosing sides or are just tools or carriers for dark magic is yet another question. What other writer gets away with leaving his readers questioning? Other writers might have been pouring on the exposition in dialogue or captions by now, but Rucka knows how to make his readers curious, and leave them that way, willingly.

Toni Fejzula’s artwork remains awesome. He does the colors too, and his whole style is like neon lights on a early morning after it rains. Once again he sets the mood on the first page with some dialogue free panels, telling, even sort of recapping, the story through pure images. Though fair warning: this is, in part, a horror story, and seems to be building towards some gruesomeness in upcoming issues.

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Your local comic book dealer will still have Veil #1 in stock. People who have already read it won’t need this review. Grab them both, and enjoy. Check out Rucka’s Lazarus  series, from Image, while you’re at it.

—John Yohe

Ra'Chaun Rogers:

Last month I took a look at Greg Rucka's Veil, a dark odyssey of a young woman through the seedy underbelly of human nature. I enjoyed the book immensely and when I saw that issue 2 was out I had to take a look at it.

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This issue we start with body bags and breakfast. The men whom Veil made kill themselves are being bagged up like lunch, while Veil and Dante attempt to eat. As Dante nervously orders Veil waffles from an all night diner, she asks him more questions and rhymes less. After the cops come into the diner Dante begins sweating like a glass of ice water in 90 degree weather. This is made worse when Veil begins screaming that he's hurting her.

After the police cuff him and a rather dishonest officer corners Veil in an alley, we get another glimpse of her strange powers. Later we meet two men, Cormac and Scarborough, who seem to be related to our heroine’s mysterious appearance and learn that the former is packing some serious magical heat. After the aforementioned magician throws his weight around, he has a group of rats search for Veil.

This issue was a good follow-up from the first issue, to be sure. I am still trying to ascertain Dante's intentions toward Veil or what Veil wants from him after she says "I thought you liked me." Dante’s reaction throughout the entire book is exactly the reaction any black man, who is sitting at a diner with a white girl, who has just killed three people and has the cops after her…fully bugging out.

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I, of course, am wondering why Veil acted so strangely toward Dante and whether or not it was somewhat of signal of his true intentions since Veil seems to know things innately .I almost wish the scene with Scarborough and Cormack didn’t happen, I say that because it gives me too much of a clue as to what is going to transpire.

The summoning scene reminds me of DC‘s Simon Dark, which isn’t bad because I enjoyed the beginning of the series, but I would’ve preferred to just let the journey between Dante and Veil to continue uninterrupted then reveal her possible origins a little later. The art was on point as with last issue and Fejzula’s visual storytelling keeps the tone of the book, with drab colors and eyes that convey intent and emotion.

I continue to look forward to this book and what happens next. I wonder if Dante and Veil will get back together and how their dynamic will be perceived by the world. A gun toting black man traveling with a seemingly helpless and amnesic white woman seems like the set-up for a Patrice O<’Neil joke but in this case it works

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