Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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So, “Duck And Cover” issue 2 is giving off a “War of the Worlds” meets “Stranger Things” vibe, and it’s pretty fun so far. Created by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, who also worked together on the comic series “American Vampire”, it features giant aliens, massive destruction, fear, chaos, and a group of young protagonists on the brink of becoming heroes, or at the very least, leading us readers on an exhilarating journey, one that may or may not culminate in their eventual deaths!

Issue #1 of this series quickly introduced the protagonist Del and his friends, ending with a scenario resembling World War III, where cities are bombed and taken over by giant machines. While the teens believe it’s Russia attacking America, the truth is far more incomprehensible than they can imagine. So, issue #2 follows the survivors’ attempts to understand what is happening and find refuge.

Fast-paced and gritty, “Duck and Cover” is a vibrant burst of colors, with Rafael Albuquerque’s illustrations standing out as the highlight of this dystopian series. The comic’s color palette is curated by Marcelo Maiolo, who incorporates a wide array of tones and shades, skillfully manipulating light to maintain an arresting atmosphere. While the debut issue depicted massive machines assaulting cities, this installment also introduces some giant murderous creepy creatures that reminded me of the horror film “A Quiet Place.”

The fact that everything wraps up in less than 30 pages and leaves you hanging until you get your hands on the next issue is obviously a bummer, but this sci-fi dystopian comic book series by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque is a winner for now.

“Duck And Cover” is also available on Kindle Unlimited.

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