Indie comic review: Boat Volume 2

By: Editor

15th April 2017

Written by David Lumsden
Art by Marc Olivent
Letters by Andrei Staruiala and Marc Olivent

Frequent readers of this site may remember a review of mine from just under a year ago for a book called Boat.

boat reviewimage coverA harrowing tale of humanity set against a world that had been reclaimed by the ocean, Boat was a wonderful book that boasted some phenomenal writing and artwork. Disturbing and powerful in its execution, the first volume of Boat was a hidden gem of a book. It’s one that I cannot recommend enough, and one that is forcing me to restrain myself lest I start gushing about again. So, as you can imagine, when I was offered the chance to review the second volume of this series, I was beyond ecstatic. I mean, even if it was just a fraction as good as the original, I would still be content. But is that the case here folks? Does volume 2 of Boat stand up to its stellar debut issue? Or is it simply adrift without a paddle?

There’s only one way to find out folks, so let’s dive into Boat Volume 2.

Picking up were the first volume ended, Boat Volume 2 sees our hero Charlie finding the castle he has long sought. With the prospect of safe harbour at his fingertips, Charlie seems to have finally found a place to live out his final days on the ocean. But unbeknownst to our hero, his arrival has threatened the peace of the two factions that have claimed the now christened No Land as their own. With neither side wishing to claim Charlie as their own, it looks like our hero may have finally found his way to his journey end. But his arrival sets into motion gears that may come to shape No Land for years to come.

Intertwined with visions of Charlie’s horrible past on the vast and powerful ocean, it’s a book that boasts a robust story set once again against a powerful and unforgiving back drop.

It goes without saying here folks that Lumsden has hit another home run here. Building on the already sturdy foundations of volume one, the second volume of Boat boasts a strong and engaging story as well as some terrific world building. Through Lumsden’s writing, the world of Boat comes to life in many interesting and creepy ways. Characters are fleshed out wonderfully and create a narrative that is engrossing and sure to enthral anyone who reads it. These characters perfectly compliment a wonderful story, bringing it to life in several ways and giving energy to the already engaging narrative. It’s some stellar work Lumsden once again gives us, and is sure to capture the attention of any reader who jumps into it.

The art team’s work is as superb as it was before. Provided this time by Marc Olivent, and with lettering by Olivent and Andrei Staruiala the art of Boat is a step above. Rendered once again in sombre black and grey tones, the art compliments Lumsden’s writing wonderfully. Adding a marvelous sense of depth, the world of Boat once again springs off the pages thanks to the work of the art team. The bleak desolation of the world is conveyed with all the grandeur and sadness that it deserves thanks to the art team, creating a look that takes advantage of its stark colour palette. The team do some exceptional work here, and the book is all the better for their work.

A triumph of vision once more, Boat Volume 2 is almost masterful in its execution. Bolstered by a super team, the book shines from start to finish. Lumsden provides some truly top notch writing, creating characters and a story that builds on the already lofty standards set by the first book. Coupled with the wonderful work of the books are team, and the book is just an all-around victory. It is a welcome port in the storm, and I’ll say this now. If Volume 3 is even half as good as this book? Then I think we’re in for something special.