Finger Guns #2 by Justin Richards and Val Halveston continues to showcase the main characters’ lives while also establishing upcoming major conflicts. Despite its initial light tone, the series does explore more mature and intense themes. Overall, this issue remains simply a set-up.
It starts off with Sadie meeting a school counselor. This transitions into a flashback, picking up immediately after the last issue’s cliffhanger. Sadie’s relationship with her parents is instantly established; we see the love she has for her mother, and the absolute terror she feels when her father is around. The conflict between the two of them is rather simple, and the issue doesn’t delve deeper into his psyche. Instead, it presents him as a clear villain. One benefit of this approach is that he exudes this unstoppable malevolent force that imbues a sense of dread into the reader upon his presence.
After the view of Sadie’s home life, we move onto Wes and Sadie hanging out, trying to expand on their abilities. The bonding of the two is a highlight of the issue. Their interaction oscillates from joviality, into somberness, while not feeling too forced into either direction. The substance to their conversation features their contrasting home lives. This highlights that despite how different their situations are, there is a desire to have aspects of each others’ lives within their own.
Their talk continues until the end of the issue, which sparks another cliffhanger that introduces the stakes for the upcoming conflict. Their interaction and the way they speak to each other is very realistic; it never feels too stereotypical. The baggage that they both carry is also heavily emphasized. While it is all just about preparing for what is to come, it succeeds in humanizing Wes and Sadie. This makes them more rounded characters.
The issue centers around the main conflict between Sadie and her father. It sets up for what may take place later in the story, and does a commendable job at villainizing him. This helps firmly display Sadie’s resolve against him. While the domestic violence in the story isn’t overly graphic, there is quite a lot of it. As a trigger warning, the story alludes that there will be even more to come.
The continuous transition into more adult subject matters makes the target demographic a bit less obvious. The age of the protagonists and the simplified art style would make it seem ideal for early teenagers. But the domestic violence in the story may make it a bit too heavy for that demographic; the book is rated 12+. Overall, Finger Guns #2 continues to flesh out the characters and conflicts introduced in the previous issue, while turning the story into a more serious direction. It will be very interesting to see how the story will progress from this point forward.
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