SGT. FLAG #2, from G-Man Comics on Kickstarter, follows the government’s most skilled rescue and extraction agent as he’s stalked by reptilian mutants bent on revenge.
- Written by: Rik Offenberger
- Art by: Gilbert Monsanto
- Colors by: Gilbert Monsanto
- Letters by: Francisco Zamora
- Cover art by: Mike Gustovich (cover A)
- Comic Rating: Teen+
- Cover price: $5.00
- Release date: May 2023 (estimated)
Is It Good?
SGT. FLAG #2 is an odd capsule story from G-Man head honcho Rik Offenberger about a villain returning to kill Sgt. Flag to avenge the death of his partner by Sgt. Flag’s hands. We sometimes use the word “odd” as a nice way of saying “somewhere between okay and terrible,” but in this case, we truly mean “odd.”
Rik Offenberger’s script centers on Sgt. Flag becoming the target of a revenge quest by Omicronbie sometime after his partner, Fitch, was killed during a hostage rescue. That’s right. The name is Omicronbie (as in the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus), and the villain duo is named Omicronbie & Fitch after the clothing chain store. Right away, you get why the issue is a little “odd.” In the intro notes for the comic, Offenberger mentioned the name combination was inspired by events happening at the time the script was written. It’s unlikely anyone would have naturally put a virus strain and a clothing chain together to make a new villain, but it works in a weird sort of way, and that’s the kind of comic you’re in for.
Curious name combinations aside, Offenberger’s script is basic but solid. Flag rescues a hostage, kidnapper dies in the rescue, kidnapper emerges later to take revenge. The pacing is, likewise, solid, the dialog feels natural, and the action gets wilder once Omnicrombie goes on the attack. If nothing else, the comic moves well, reads well, and exhibits oodles of imagination.
The minor down point in the writing is the lack of setup for the villain. No information is given regarding why they’re villains or why they look like anthropomorphic pterodactyls. If you thought their names were weird, they look even weirder, and it’s weird enough to be jarring.
How’s the art? Gilbert Monsanto’s style is a respectable homage to 90s-era hero comics. The costume designs look EXTREME without getting obnoxious, and the action is full of energy. Monsanto’s inks are sketchy in spots, especially in wide shots, so the linework lacks consistent polish, but the comic looks good overall.
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What’s It About?
[SPOILERS AHEAD – Click here if you just want the score without spoilers]
Check out our SGT. FLAG #1 review to learn more about the origin of this unusual hero.
We begin with Simon N. Kirby calling Sgt. Flag to the scene of a murder. Mr. Mystery is found stabbed to death with a warning written in blood on a nearby wall – “Sgt. Flag – You’re Next!” The murder appears to be the work of Omnicronbie – a pterodactyl-shaped villain whose partner, Firtch, was killed some time ago when Sgt. Flag rescued Mr. Mystery from their evil clutches. Now, Omniconbie is back to finish what he started and get revenge for his partner.
Later, Sgt. Flag recalls the circumstances of Mr. Mystery’s rescue and how Fitch died. Convinced Omnicronbie will attack when Sgt. Flag is most vulnerable, Sgt. Flga decides to relax at home to invite trouble.
We conclude the issue with an attack with an unusual weapon, a multiplying threat, and an explosive ending.
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SGT. FLAG #2 is a standard yet creative revenge story about a villain looking for payback. The creative choices are unusual, but the plot is solid, and the art is okay. If you want 90s-era aesthetics with out-of-the-box creative choices, consider picking this one up.
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