In the first issue of Extermination, writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jeffrey Edwards introduced us to a world where a superhero and his arch-nemesis had become uneasy partners after an alien invasion had decimated most of the planet. In the second issue, Spurrier and Edwards peel back another layer of the mystery about how things got this bad, and it makes for one heck of an story.
The issue begins with Nox (a Batman-like hero) and Red Reaper (kind of a Lex Luthor) battling hordes of aliens and nearly getting overwhelmed. They are saved by a group of human survivors that have set up and underground base of operations. Initially, Nox and Reaper are impressed with the outfit's operation, but they soon find out that things aren't what they seem, and the group has gone to some disturbing ends to survive and prosper.
The first two issues of Extermination have been fantastic. In addition to the premise being a great twist on the superhero-villain dynamic, the way that Spurrier and Edwards keep giving the reader tidbits about how things came to be is really well done. A lot of information has been given to the reader in the first two issues, but every flashback raises more questions than it answers.
The series so far has been really entertaining, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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