Luna #2 – Review
Luna #2 is a supernatural thriller comic book with a interesting yet trippy art style. It is written and drawn by Maria Llovet, with variant covers by Mirka Andolfo. Readers who enjoyed comics like Pretty Deadly or Sandman may enjoy this title as well.
Teresa is plagued by prophetic dreams she knows are leading her to something powerful. After a car accident, she wakes up under the care of the Family of the Sun. At first, they seem like the sort of hippie commune that was common in the 1960s. As Teresa spends more time with them, she discovers the Family is not quite as harmonious as they may seem.
Luna #2 – Story
In the first issue, the community Teresa had stumbled into seemed almost too idyllic. The darkness surrounding the Family of the Sun foreshadowed problems that start to take root in this issue. We also saw Teresa take part in drinking Lux’s blood in issue #1, which has permanently bound her to him somehow. In Luna #2, we start to see the cracks in this in free-love and fun group of people. Each of the women in Lux’s harem seems to be frustrated by some aspect of their nomadic lives.
Teresa is also known as “Lunita”, a name given to her by her grandmother. The nickname, which means “little moon”, provides us with an indication she is tied to the imagery of the moon and the comic’s title. This name may be a clue to her role in the story, as “Lux” means light.
We discover that some of them even want to be free of this life, but they feel unable to leave. Lux also seems to have some control over the different women in the group, Donna expresses she wanted to go by “Sunbeam” for a time, but we get the impression that Lux ended that idea. Anita says that she wants to leave with Joe, someone visiting the group, but she cannot go because of her ties to Lux. The dream-like life they are all living does not appear as good as it did before.
Luna #2 – Art
The images in this comic continue to be stunning. We experience fewer trippy moments in the second issue, but the art still feels like the absolute backbone to the writing and storytelling. This story fits the medium of comics perfectly.
One of the best moments is when Teresa finds a book with a mysterious symbol, which caused her to have a sort of vision. It also has information about what she has gotten herself into, and on each page, there is an overgrown panel with wildflowers. The flowers appear to reach across the page and flow together.
We have that sense a lot in this story, told by the art, that Luna is reaching for the mysterious character we saw chained in the first and second issues. Almost every single page of this comic is filled with imagery you could spend hours looking at trying to decipher. I had to pull myself away a few times to continue working on this review, rather than attempt to pick apart any hints that might be hidden in the art.
Luna #2 Conclusion
Llovet gives us more questions than answers in Luna #2, but I have no problem with that. It makes me want to read more about this world and Teresa’s place in it. I’ve found myself re-reading this comic a few times as I write this review, just to try and dive a little bit deeper into the rich world that Llovet is creating.