It would be hard for any book to come close to being as good as the first issue of Weird Detective was, but issue two makes a valiant effort, including one of my favorite set of panels I've ever read. I'll throw them onto the end of things, just so blow your mind.
Last we left her, Detective Fayez appeared to be on the cusp of getting royally ****ed up in the middle of the woods, and to our (and Greene's) surprise, Fayez beats the ever-loving piss out of a group of five slightly zomibified fellows. Guiu Vilanova's artwork is absolutely on-point here, and I may be inclined to saying that it was slightly better than the last issue: everything is razor-sharp, and he appears to be trying different techniques when capturing how strange Greene is, from how his eyes are depicted to how he uses his physical form (including my favorite panels).
Overall, I just can't get over how gorgeous everything is, and Mauricio Wallace's otherworldly colors increase that alien vibe permeating the entire book; The heavy use of blacks and darker-hued blues and purples create that horror ambiance, and effective shadowing helps mounting tension. Also? Vilanova's and Wallace's last page splash? HAUNTINGLY good.
I also need to give credit where it's due yet again - Fred Van Lente's mashup of horror, Old Gods, comedy, and police procedural are a revelation. These disparate elements ending up syncopating incredibly well, heightening the esoteric nature of each theme while maintaining cohesion. For ****'s sake, Greene has an incredibly empathic moment with a ****-talking cat about the price of a man's life! And it was still funny without losing the emotional stakes!
One character I'm really coming to enjoy is that of Detective Fayez. In the first issue we saw her in a home, with her partner and baby, and it grounded her a bit. When she had to leave her partner in the lurch to further spy on Greene, the reader was irritated with her. In this issue, her mission seems more important, her actions having more gravity to them: you get the sense that she's a junkyard dog, and she'll keep at this until the case breaks. She also delivers a parental moment that was so succinct it hurt:
And then there's the strangeness of the case itself. We see another body this issue, and it's just as horrifying the second time around: nothing but a lifeless husk of skin and clothes, like a deflated pool toy. There are ties to the mob, to the police itself, and to darker presence that seems as old and terrifying as Sebastian Greene's true self. And, of course, we get this, my new favorite panels, in which we see yet another of Greene's senses in action.
I KEEP LAUGHING EVERY TIME I SEE THIS AND I DON'T KNOW IF I'M SUPPOSED TO
In all, this issue expands on the narrative without going further into the nature of the REAL monsters, which I actually appreciate - any more exposition would make this feel too clunky, and it retains a breakneck pace that got me to the last page much quicker than I would have liked. This is such a unique, bonkers book that you'd be crazy not to like...or crazy if it starts to make too much sense.
9 out of 10 Brain Licks