Maestro World War M #2
Written by Peter David
Art by German Peralta
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Ariana Maher
The Rundown: Maestro takes on Namor in a war of domination beneath the seas.
Maestro goes beneath the ocean to track the Human Torch back to where he came from. As he continues his trip, he sees something that instantly alarms him as an entire undersea city appears that is not Atlantis. Even though it isn’t Atlantis, Maestro knows there can only be one person behind the city, Namor. As he attempts to sneak into the city, Maestro is unaware of the fact that he is being watched and hunted. As Torch begins to tell Namor what happened on the surface, a shockwave rattles the city and everyone in the room.
Maestro finds himself in the clutches of Namor’s powerful guard and vows to take his revenge on the king of the seas and his family. A threat that prompts an all-out battle beneath the waves between Maestro and his former ally. A battle that will result in a devastating loss and a clash between old enemies. A clash that will have an unexpected ending.
The Story: Peter David delivers action, thrills and tension throughout this issue. The issue goes straight for the action and delivers on the character and his purpose. There is a great dark tone to this story and you find yourself rooting for the bad guy as David explores this new version of Banner and what that means for his relationships with others. I also really enjoy the twist at the end of the issue and what it means going forward.
The Art: Peralta delivers some thrilling visuals to match the story. The art beautifully complements the story and its characters.