Brink: Book Two. Graphic Novel Review

BRINK: BOOK TWO by Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard
2000AD. p/b, 96pp, £12.99
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Galina Habitat is still under construction and things are not going the way they should be. The CEO has gone missing, and his daughter, acting CEO, is reluctant to take charge, convinced that her father will return and take things in hand. Rumours that the site is haunted continue, and with deaths on the tally it is time for the Habitat Security Division Special Crimes Department to take an interest.

Bridget Kurtis arrives as part of the investigative team just in time to learn of the fourth death, and takes her place among the skeleton crew in the search of answers. She has her own theories, but her new peers are less than interested in them. With the sudden arrival of Mariam Junot, acting CEO, Bridget will need to knock all talk of ghosts on the head and cut to the real truth of the matter.

Book one’s heroine, now in the guise of a freelance security contractor, takes the lead role here once again and the detective in space noir feel of the series carries through well. The ending is particularly effective, leaving the reader with answers but also another question which immediately points forward to the next book in the series.

The visuals continue in their gritty, realistic style, perfectly fitting with the story genre; the hard edge Bridget and her fellow characters have in terms of appearance lends credence to the sci fi setting. Abnett and Culbard deliver a well-rounded offering that is as satisfying as Brink: Book One.