The debut issue of supernatural adventure tale The Mummy: Palimpsest from Hammer Comics and Titan Comics (reviewed here) was a bit heavy on setting things up, which is understandable for a first issue of a new comic series. Issues two and three, however, pick up the pace quite splendidly, while letting us learn more about certain characters, as well.
Here’s a brief recap of the first issue: Illegally trafficked Ukranian Angel Kostenko had been tabbed by the Sect of Anubis to be a human sacrifice in the Palimpsest ritual, which would allow its members to live another 33 years. The soul of Nebetah had possessed Angel’s mind and body, but our heroes in the Pyramid Club raided the Sect’s temple in London, allowing Angel to escape. Both groups began searching for her as she wanders lost and alone, and demon dog Ammit has come to Earth to claim a soul in Nebetah’s stead.
Issue 2 kicks off with Angel doing her best to outrun and outwit Ammit, while members of the Sect of Anibus watch the demon dog’s actions on live television. Nebetah has flashbacks about her incestuous brother, which appear as dreams to Angel. The members of the Pyramid Club discuss young Duncan’s recklessness in the raid, when Angel enters their headquarters in an attempt to find answers. Meanwhile, Sect members, who have only four days to go to either complete the Palimpsest ritual or perish, put into play a desperate plan.
The pacing in the second issue of The Mummy: Palimpsest improves on the inaugural issue. Readers got to know Angel’s background rather well in the debut, and now writer Peter Milligan has the opportunity to tell us at greater lengths about Pyramid Club member Duncan Clarke, the youngest of the group, and the backstory of Nebetah, which is dark, indeed. The first issue had a great deal of verve and this second installment continues that pace.
The third issue keeps the momentum going while adding some sly humor to the mix, along with new developments that tip readers off that, like Angel, we should be careful who we trust in this series. Sect members begin putting frantic plots into play to try and see Palimpsest through, while Duncan begins to declare his feelings of affection toward Angel as Ammit launches another attack on the woman. Although all of the issues of The Mummy: Palimpsest so far have had supernatural elements to them, this one introduces more of a flat-out horror tone, as well.
Writer Peter Milligan is making the proceedings more interesting as the series continues, ending his The Mummy: Palimpsest books with good old-fashioned cliffhangers reminiscent of serial pictures and action novels. Ronilson Freire’s art continues to dazzle. The action scenes crackle with energy and the more dialogue-driven scenes are bolstered by imaginatively framed drawings and distinctive character design. Debut issue colorist Men Sing has been joined by Dijjo Lima for the second and third issues, and the pair does a gorgeous job of bringing the comic to vivid life. Simon Bowland’s lettering continues to bring an extra spark to the project.