Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Kagan McLeod
The first issue of Kaptara introduced readers to an interesting planet full of terrifying creatures, eclectic characters, and a protagonist full of issues. Kaptara #2 helps readers to further understand the planet of Kaptara and some of its people. While it does well at establishing the characters and their potential roles for the story, this issue seems to be missing the pieces it needs to be truly great.
Keith has taken comfort in the new world he has found himself in. He has found that there are already more people on Kaptara that care about him than on Earth. He is even falling for the great warrior who saved him in the first issue. Unfortunately, he is constantly reminded of the past and every time it looks like Keith can be happy is thrown back into a world of grief. Chip Zdarsky does well at making Keith a believable character. He seems to be full of layers and avoids falling into any archetypes (Though the people of Kaptara have labeled him as a coward). This is just a guy who wants to be happy and out of harm’s way, but can’t seem to get that.
While Keith is an interesting enough character, there isn’t much more in this issue that’s memorable. Most of the other characters are archetypes and lack too much that makes them interesting. The jokes are still funny, but they weren’t as strong as they were in the first issue and quite a few often fall flat. There is plenty of room for the series to improve, and fortunately there is plenty of potential to do so. The story is moving in an interesting direction and the next issue will likely have the same feel as the debut.
Kagan Mcleod’s pencils carry this issue. The designs of the characters and creatures are full of imagination and everything looks original. The panels are full of detail and it’s clear that a great deal of work was put into every page.
Kaptara #2 successfully allows the reader to learn about the planet and its colorful characters, but falls short of being great. There is a lot to like, but it doesn’t have strong enough characters or dialogue to truly elevate it. Still there are some great moments here and the series will likely get better from here as the story moves forward.