Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #2

Written by Kieron Gillen
Drawn by Caspar Wijngaard
Published by Dynamite Entertainment

PREVIOUSLY: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1

So the previous issue was a bit off a riff on the end of Alan Moore’s Watchman. With Peter Cannon’s help, the world united to repel an apparent alien invasion. In the aftermath, the major world Governments, notably Russia, China, and America, which has previously been on the verge of another world war, have begun serious peace talks to unite once and for all. But Peter had deduced that this invasion was a fake, initiated but an alternate version of himself from a parallel reality, possibly for nefarious purposes. As this issue opens, Peter has gathered the main superheroes from each of those nations to inform of this development and help decide what to do next.

Some of the heroes want to find this other Peter Cannon and punish him, others think they should leave it alone, as the chance for world peace now is too great, and they don’t want to risk screwing that up. Peter then comes up with a way to cross the dimensional divide, but should they? 

Intriguing issue, a lot of High Concepts of mysticism and science get tossed around here. There’s also the casual revelation that Peter and his faithful assistant Tabu previously had a romantic relationship that failed (Tabu calls it Peter’s “only failure”) because of Peter’s emotional remoteness due to his super intelligence. I believe this relationship is a new development in these characters’ history, it would be like if Bruce Wayne used to date Alfred. When we see more of the parallel versions of Peter and Tabu it readily becomes clear how different they are.

Once again I’m impressed by this series, and eager to see what happens next.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #2

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