Kyle Higgins has brought C.O.W.L. to life! Along with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis! Based on characters from Kyle’s short film The League. Issue #3 picks continues the many adventures of the C.O.W.L.! This will be a SPOILER FREE Review of C.O.W.L. #2!
Principles of Power – Chapter 3 Perception
Kyle Higgins, you know him as the masterful Nightwing Scribe, and he goes beyond all expectations in the Batman Beyond Universe… But now he brings you his creator owned title C.O.W.L. C.O.W.L. as I’ve said in the previous 2 reviews… might just be my number one series of 2014! It is unlike anything I’ve ever read in comics. Granted I’ve only been into comics full time since October 2012, but still…. C.O.W.L. has deep characters, it tackles all kinds of issues… some even relevant to today’s society!!! If you’d like to see where this series was birthed from you can get on iTunes and and you can also READ MY REVIEW of it!! So last time I had said how issue #2 excels on the darker tones… Well here in C.O.W.L. #3 the art is all nice and bright! I love the micture of Black and white, as well as colors.
Higgins and Siegel continue to craft a very deep story. There are multiple plotlines here. The first being C.O.W.L. Chief Geoffrey Warner and other members of C.O.W.L. are in the negotiations for the contract between the city of Chicago and C.O.W.L. This part of issue number 3 is interesting to see the back and forth. So while that’s going on we have John Pierce of the Investigations Division following a few leads on C.O.W.L.’s record keeping. The main body of the writing has to do with Kathryn Mitchell. She’s part of the Trinity of the Tactical team, which is Arclight, Blaze and Radia. We see how all the men treat her, even her own boyfriend… Higgins and Siegel are bringing to light the issues women faced at this time. There is a moment in the issue where Radia snaps. I love how the writers juggle each storyline within the organization. It feels all very fluid going from story to story. The greatest thing about this book is that it brings us into a time when everything was up in the air. 1960s Chicago was very dark and gritty, yet the writers center this issue around a baseball game in a few of the panels. NOW that is awesome! Even in the darkest of nights there has to be a few shimmers of daylight!
Speaking of shimmering daylight, just look at the background in the above image! Rod Reis does great work here. Even with this being the first time I’ve ever seen Rod’s art. He does an amazing job!!!! Not just on backgrounds and set pieces, but EVERYTHING!!!! LOVe how C.O.W.L. is just higgins, Siegel, and Reis!!! Rod’s design of Radia is impressive in so many ways! For one thing as far as he character goes in her civilian attire you can tell she wants to just blend in. Kathryn does want to draw any attention to herself, but her “boyfriend” David is constantly allowing people to figuratively put their hands all over her. I knew reading this issue at some point Radia was gonna have a breaking point!
Rod Reis is easily one of my current day favorite comics artists. With only being three issues into C.O.W.L. I so can’t wait to see more and more!!!! With each issue I find something that is totally unbelievable about Rod Reis’s art, and that’s the best thing about C.O.W.L. you never know what you’re gonna get!!!!
Overall C.O.W.L. #3 gives us more to each of the stories being told. Higgins and Siegel work together so very well on the writing, and Reis on art is wonderfully refreshing!!! Looking forward to issue #4! You can get C.O.W.L. #2 from Comixology digitally or any of your local comic shops!