Abbott 1973 #2
Written by Saladin Ahmed
Art by Sami Kivela
Colors by Mattia Iacono
Letters by Jim Campbell
The Rundown: Abbott learns of a bigger conspiracy as the forces against her make their next move.
A friend of Elena Abbott’s is killed by the same evil she recently fought and her ex James is the only one she can trust to help find her killer. Knowing that there is a supernatural element to the killing, Abbott and James decide on their next move, but Abbott has other concerns when something given to her by Amelia is taken during the struggle.
After returning to work, Abbott is forced into accompanying her new boss to a fundraiser, but before that, she goes to investigate a building where racist flyers are being printed ahead of a crucial election. After discovering more of the umbra in the building and removing it, she is visited by an old friend who has something to tell her about her powers and the dangerous forces allied against her.
The Story: Ahmed deepens the mystery and brings it closer to home for the characters in this issue. The dialogue is fantastic and the plot is engaging in its depictions of Abbott’s problems both supernatural and all too human. I continue to be impressed with how this story and these characters continue to evolve and I cannot wait to see what happens after that cliffhanger ending.
The Art: Sami Kivela delivers some impressive and beautifully detailed art. The characters are filled with emotion and the supernatural elements of the story and brilliantly done.