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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sheep Comic Review: Grim Leaper #2

Grim Leaper #2 (of 4)
Story by:Kurtis J Wiebe
Art By:Alusio Santos
Diamond ID:APR120538
On Sale:June 20, 2012
Series:Grim Leaper
Image Comics

Lou Collins: Serial Leaper. Lou desperately tries to find Ella, the woman with an identical curse, before his next horrific death. But, there's malevolence waiting in the darkness, something that wants to kill Lou before he even gets the chance. Something alive. 

In the first issue of Grim Leaper, Lou met Ella. They're both dead, but neither of them will stay dead for some reason. No sooner do they die a violent death, then they get sucked out of limbo and resurrected in the body of someone else. Each thought they were alone with their affliction until they met, and now it's like love at first sight. The trouble is that when Ella died at the end of the first issue, Lou had no idea whose body she would wind up in next. He just had a reasonable hunch she'd be resurrected somewhere in the same town, just like what happens to him each time he dies.

As the second issue begins, Lou finds out the name of the dead gal Ella had inhabited. So, what's a boy to do? Why, go to her funeral, what else.

Well, that would have been interesting, but it turns out that the person whose body Lou is inhabiting has a bit of a sordid past that's about to catch up to him, and in the form of an excruciating and untimely demise before he can track down Ella.

It's in his new body, of a transit bus driver, that Lou begins to grasp mortality a little more, and the aftermath of death for the loved ones of the dead. In his new body, Lous discovers the bus driver is married, which brings the specter of what this wife will be left to deal with when he is inevitably killed off in another cruel twist of fate. His only real solace comes in the form of Ella who finds him by chance in her new body, which makes them wonder how intertwined their paths through the afterlife really are.

While this issue didn't do much more than cement the severely odd relationship and circumstances between Lou and Ella, it did it incredibly well. The electricity crackles off the page thanks to more fantastic artwork from Alusio Santos, and the dialogue sharpens up even more thanks to Kurtis Wiebe's writing.

Halfway through this four-parter, however, I'm left to wonder where the story is actually headed, as the unseen force propelling the two lovers from life to death and back again has yet to make its intentions known. Hopefully, by the end of the third issue, there will be a clearer sense of the ultimate fate for Lou and Ella.

4/5 Sheep
Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox
Rabid Reader, Wrabid Writer


  1. Always good to meet another Fox. Thanks for the great review :)

    1. lol, maybe you two can start a Fox might want to find a few more members

  2. Fox and Fox talk about hot jocks? lol Think about you two....

    1. Think about *it. Er, left out 1 one! *head desk*