This month Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo offer up more tales of billionaires, environmentalists, adventurers and an island of garbage the size of Texas. I am, of course, talking about Great Pacific #2, and after the series made a lacklustre debut last month this second issue has its work cut out for it if it is to convince us the series is worth following. For the most part, Great Pacific #2 is noticeably better than Great Pacific #1 and it’s a relief to see the comic begin to come into its own.
The issue opens with Chas Worthington, heir to the Worthington energy fortune, standing proudly on his newly claimed portion of the great pacific garbage patch. Dubbed ‘New Texas’ as an homage to his home state, Chas’ vision is slowly coming to life as droves of workers begin to assemble a command shelter to coordinate his operations from. Things soon fall apart, however, when the workers spontaneously run off scared and Chas finds himself face to face with a tribe of spear-wielding nomads and a particularly aggressive giant octopus.
It’s fantastic to see this second issue begin to indulge more of the fantastical and sc-fi elements that were seriously lacking in the previous issue. My eyes lit up as images of Chas being dragged into the water by a giant octopus graced the comics pages, even if only briefly. A real sense of high-adventure permeates this issue is well as a sense of humour. Scenes such as Chas pulling a revolver on a spear-wielding tribesman make for a hilarious reminder Chas is from Texas, the only place where it would be deemed rational to take a revolver to a floating pile of trash in the middle of the ocean.
That said, Great Pacific #2 certainly isn’t without its problems. Despite some great imagery, Morazzo’s art still looks rushed and a lot of the panels seem rough and unpolished. Harris’ writing, although noticeably better, still relies heavily on captions and monologues to move the story along. In effect a lot of information and plot points are thrown at you without much actually happening.
Overall, I did enjoy Great Pacific #2; not a lot mind you, but enough to make me want to keep reading. Even with all its artistic and writing issues this book really does contain a certain spark of potential that makes it hard to put down.