Wander Olive Hopkins and the Ninth World #2 Review
Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom #2 Short Version: Wander #2 is still a pretty entertaining take on the idea of an NYU grad student who gets pulled into a fantasy world. Still, the humor’s a little hit and miss, but it looks like the story is picking up towards the end of the issue. At $1.99, it’s recommendable if the idea of the book sounds interesting.
Wander #2 Writer: Kevin Church
Wander #2 Artist: Grace Allison
Wander Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom #2 Review
Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom #2 picks up with Olive Hopkins, an NYU grad student who has been magically teleported into a fantasy world by unknown forces for an unknown reason, being pursued. Church takes this opportunity to introduce us to what appears to be another member of the group of adventurers that Olive will be traveling with: a sort of bard/swordsman named Lance who has quite a crush of Shalwyn. There’s some entertaining banter, and I found the book fun to read, but we don’t know exactly what is going on yet (we get a glimpse towards the end of the issue, which is really a pretty interesting bit of set up), so the whole thing feels a little low-stakes so far and the characters are more cliche than not, with Olive (perhaps intentionally) being the only character who I find particularly interesting at this point. Hopefully, as the series goes on, some of the other characters will see their role and personalities develop beyond sometimes entertaining one-liners. If you like the idea of the book, it’s a fun read and that’s really all that I ask of it.