REVIEW CORNER: Lynx # 2
by Francis Garbut
Lynx # 2 (2023)
Writer: Rik Offenberger
Artist: Milton Estevam
Colorist: Teo Pinheiro
Letterer: Francisco Zamora
This week, I’ll take a look at the second issue of “Lynx”, the series that sees army ranger Mateo Martinez and his girlfriend, local kindergarten teacher Maya Santiago as a crime-fighting duo dedicated to protecting the innocent in the streets of Washington, DC.
In this issue, after Mateo (As Lynx) breaks up a robbery at a convenience store Maya finds out about a racketeer named Hombre Pinata (A villain dressed as a Pinata) busting up stores so after Maya finds out where he’s going to strike next, she gets ahold of Mateo and as Lynx, they take him down together. First off, I have to say that Hombre Pinata may look like a villain straight out of the Silver Age era of DC but Offenberger manages to give him a distinctive yet deadly edge to the character to where he doesn’t come off as silly but for the most part, Hombre Pinata definitely feels like a threat straight out of the Bronze Age-era of Marvel so after reading this, I would love to see his backstory fleshed out for future stories. This latest adventure of Lynx is a thrilling read with the action sequences being so bold and intense that it shows how great Offenberger is at writing street-level heroes and I like that he never tries to turn Lynx into a Wolverine rip-off. Still, he does take the originality aspect to greater heights. Milton Estevam’s artwork is delightful as both his breakdowns and inking style really bring out the realism in the plot that is just perfect and this highlights how Offenberger’s scripts are alluring due to the artistic talent he pairs up with.
Lynx # 2 wastes no time getting to the meat of the story with the villain being the center of attention while Mateo Martinez and Maya Santiago continue to blossom when it comes to sharing the mantle of Lynx. A great story with such fantastic heroes, not to mention seeing such strong Latino characters represented with pride, make for another fun read from G-Man Comics
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.