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Gears of War, Vol. 2 Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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Joshua Ortega's work includes the novel ((Frequencies)) as well as the comics Battlestar Galactica, Red Sonja, Star Wars and Spider-Man. Liam Sharp studied under legendary British artist Don Lawrence before making his debut in 2000 AD. He went on to illustrate Batman, Death's Head, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401228011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401228019
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlueStar on August 25, 2011
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The second book for Gears of War starts off with the story arc "Barren" bringing Delta squad in with Alex, a female scout soldier who's more ballsy than the rest of Delta squad combined! Alex reveals her dark past as a victim of serial rapists in the town of Jilene; which ends up being the very place they're heading to in order to find where a distress signal was coming from. Once there, they find female survivors that aren't too keen on their rescuers being the very type of people that used them as slaves in the past. However, the squad and the ladies must work together because Marcus and crew find the beacon, and with it, the Locust! Now the search and rescue mission has turned into just a rescue mission as the crew tries to get the girls out safely. Marcus gets knocked out in battle and it's up to Baird to command the squad and halt the Locust long enough to get out! The second, more fierce wave of Locust arrive and the squad learns the girls had vehicles and they decide to evac everyone; whether they're willing to go or not! As one of Alex's friends must sacrifice herself to save everyone else, the squad, girls, and children make it out alive at the cost of the lives of a friend.

The next part of the book is a one-shot called "The Quickening" that tells the story of Tai and his time during the Pendulum wars all the way up to his death after being a prisoner of Skorge's. The final story is entitled "Harper's Story" and is another one-shot. This one follows a soldier named Sergeant Jonathan Harper and his mission down into the hollow to fight the locust and his triumphant, yet tragic end as he survives the hollow and makes it back to the surface, even saving civilians, only to be gunned down at the evac point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArcaneMuramasa on April 24, 2013
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I'll start off by saying that I really dig Gears of War. The first game was what got me into gaming, really. So my views are going to have a tendency to be biased in favor of the series. That said, I'll try to be objective.

This comic is volume number 2 in the series, so if you haven't read the first one yet, go check that one out first. This comic is just like the Gears of War games. Dark, violent, and dreadful. That is, full of dread, not bad. Just to be clear. The thing that I really like about these comics is that they are expertly drawn. The writing is good too, but the art is on another level. Fantastic. And, that's about it; if you like dark, violent, dread-filled stories about soldiers killing (and being killed by) monsters, or if you like Gears, then I'd recommend these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gators69 on May 11, 2011
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This book was a great addition to the fresher gears of war graphic novels. It covers the area between the gears books. I loved the art and story again. For fans it's awesome to see all of the gears and especially the locust adapted in this story. You don't need to read the first to understand the story, although i strongly suggest the first as well. Pick this up it's great.
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By Kef Schecter on June 9, 2012
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I have never played a Gears of War game. In my opinion, that shouldn't matter; a good story (even if it's the comic book equivalent of a popcorn flick) should stand on its own. Alas, this is not a good story.

I came across this book at the bookstore and I was taken in first by the cover. I thought, this is a woman with a story behind her. Who is she? What motivates her? How is she so nonchalant about slaughtering aliens? What does her cigar say about her femininity?

I understood that this is not meant to be a great work of literature and I might never get answers to all or possibly any of my questions. No matter; it was enough that I was intrigued. But, of course, you cannot judge a book by its cover, so I flipped through it a bit to see if it looked good. I liked the pages I saw -- perhaps a little too much use of blue and green tones, but it seemed good enough. So, eventually, I ordered it.

How disappointing, then, when it turned out to be crap.

I ordered it with volume 1 because I didn't want to take the risk of missing anything. Well, it turns out in fact I didn't miss anything and volume 2 stands fine on its own. Well, perhaps "fine" isn't the word to use. I knew that this was likely an action-oriented book and so it was going to be mostly eye candy. Unfortunately, the art style just does not hold up throughout the book. In one or two points there is obvious copying and pasting. You should *never* see any noticeable copy and paste in a book like this.

OK, what of the girl on the cover? Sadly, there's nothing to her. Her backstory is...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arkiya on October 6, 2011
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Being a huge fan of the Gears of War universe, I was looking forward to this entry in the comics compilations. I couldn't have been more disappointed.

This volume contains the six issue storyline Barren, as well as two one-shot comics. All are poorly written, and completely forgettable.

Barren follows Delta Squad as they respond to a distress signal and discover a group of Stranded women surviving at a former birthing camp. It also introduces us to hard-boiled female Gear Alex Brand. While an interesting idea for a story, it remains poorly developed and executed. Many of the scenes feel somewhat disjointed, and there's nothing new, particularly exciting, or interesting here. It's essentially only a vehicle to show a bunch of women dressed in shiny, minimal clothing as if they walked off the set of a porn film about five minutes ago. There's nothing here that makes you believe you're looking at a bunch of people who have survived not only some of the most horrible human-inflicted conditions possible, but also the constant struggle for survival against the Locust. Unfortunately, the decent action is disrupted by the laughable character design. If you've read anything by the Gears writers or creators or played the games, you know this definitely isn't a realistic or accurate vision of the Gears universe. It reads and looks more like the fan fiction of a teenage boy.

The two one-shots have similar poor scripting, one focusing on Tai Kaliso, and the other on Gear Jonathan Harper, who was a part of Operation: Hollow Storm. While much more in the spirit of the Gears universe than Barren, both are so disjointed that they feel more like a series of semi-related snapshots.
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