The Girl in the Bay #2
Dark Horse Comics/ Berger Books
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by James Devlin
Letters by Clem Robins
Kathy Sartori’s life is getting more complicated by the day and the fact that she is still navigating life after death is even worse.
The young woman who went into the water in 1969 and emerged in 2019 has found herself in her own home under the care of her future self. This begs several questions. How did she survive her own murder? How can she be the girl she was as well as the older woman in front of her? What happened to her after her encounter and murder by Hugh Lansky?
Lansky has his own problems. Even after killing Kathy in 1969, he is still stalking her adult self in the present. He also isn’t alone. A grotesque creature that looks like him is not only dogging his actions, but also torturing him when he disobeys. It’s almost enough to make one feel for the murderer, but when the creature goads him to act, he sneaks into Kathy’s home and murders the adult Kathy in her sleep. It’s an act that he thinks will bring him peace, but it only makes things more difficult.
Young Kathy wanders the city confused and alone, but a discovery leads her to temporary shelter, a newfound power leads her to a new friend and the news of her future self’s tragic death leads her to the first clues about their mutual killer.
J.M. DeMatteis continues this provocative and engaging thriller with new twists and turns in an extremely well written issue. There are so many huge revelations being made for the characters, but the character’s interactions and emotions are grounded and relatable. I continue to be intrigued with where this story is going and what is coming next for the story and Kathy.
Corin Howell’s art is beautiful. Everything from the character designs to the backgrounds are stunningly detailed.