Agent Breen is back in Titan Comics’ second (and newest) issue of The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine! Continuing the tale of Agent Breen after being abducted by agents from the Village, Issue #2 was released on May 23, 2018.
The Prisoner #2 opens with a flashback from Breen’s past. Here we get a glimpse of just kind of mind games the Village likes to play on its unwilling tenants. In this particular scene, Breen is back in his childhood home, reliving a memory of his abusive father when a strange man on an old “penny farthing” bicycle appears. The man wants to know about Pandora, the item he stole to bargain for his partner Casey’s life.
Waking from this psychedelic dream, Breen finds him being interrogated in a courtroom. During the trial, Breen is reunited with Casey, who appears to have switched sides and is working for the Village, and his old boss Session. A few days later, the three make a daring escape attempt.
This issue’s ending has me wondering if the escape is just another psychedelic trip and Breen is still back in the Village. There’s a few clues there that make me think this situation isn’t exactly what it seems to be.
Artwork & Layout
As I mentioned in my review of Issue #1, The Prisoner was a popular British television show during the 1960s. In Prisoner #2, we’re starting to see a lot more of the 60s style. Don’t get me wrong—it was there in the first issue, too, but it’s becoming far more evident now. For example, Breen’s clothing is a copy of the same outfit worn by the television character. Even the general shapes and line work have a 60s flair. It’s clear that artist Colin Lorimer really went out of his way to preserve the mood and feel of the original show.
Thus far, the story of The Prisoner is pretty good! It’s not anything groundbreaking, that’s for certain. For the most part, it’s your typical spy fare but it’s definitely entertaining. There are a few situations that make it hard to believe—such as when Breen convinces his guards to take off his handcuffs just because his father was from the same town—but it follows the formula that was popular in shows of the 60s and 70s.
And honestly, that’s part of its charm. It’s not what I’d call incredibly fast-paced or action filled (although it certainly has enough of both) but who can resist that suave MI5 James Bond-type feel? Not me, that’s for sure! I’ll be looking forward to Issue #3!
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Colorist: Joana LaFluente
Lettering: Simon Bowland
Editor: David Leach
Source – Titan Comics
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