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Spirit World #2 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

With Cassandra Cain still stuck in the Spirit World, Xanthe and Constantine are hoping the one portal they’ve found (which is quickly closing) is their one-way ticket to the land of the dead to help rescue Batgirl! Cass has made two spirit friends along the way who have given her a special cloak that helps mask her living-flesh stench to keep the other spirits from eating her…but can they be trusted? And hey, what’s in this tea that they just gave her…?!

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Two issues in, this series has the potential to be one of the best new series DC has put out in a very long time, and that’s due to how deftly it weaves together plots that honestly, have no business working together! This is a Bat-book, but it’s a Bat-book that takes place entirely in a technicolor supernatural dimension that turns Cassandra Cain into an isekai protagonist. She’s trying to find her way home from the Spirit World, with the help of her new companions, but the dead seem to have a special interest in her. Seeking the aid of a mysterious crime boss in the Spirit World, she learns why—she’s one of the people who have touched death before. Much like Steelworks, this is a callback to a plot well over a decade old, when Cass briefly died twist before being resurrected in the Lazarus Pit. Kudos to Wong for knowing about this plot and putting it to use, because it’s great to see us long-time fans rewarded.

  • 90


    It is truly difficult to find any flaws in Spirit World #2, with my main feedback being “I want even more!” Alyssa Wong’s writing is, unsurprisingly, insightful and delicious, perfectly blending humorous dialogue and emotional revelations to continue the development of new hero Xanthe and classic heroes Constantine and Cain. Chock-full of intriguing action and meaningful plot progression, Haining and Sebastian Cheng’s gorgeous art pairs perfectly with the familial drama and supernatural excitement Wong brings to Spirit World #2, making the issue a must-read for any fan of DCs new hero Xanthe Zhou, or the beloved icons John Constantine and Cassandra Cain.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Spirit World #2 offers plenty of story developments, working through themes such as family dynamics and dealing with loss while also offering readers the chance to learn about another culture through the merger of two art styles. But the best part about Spirit World is its protagonist, an honest-to-goodness average person, so it seems, no matter how outlandish their circumstances have become.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    This is the ‘We are Legends’ story that I think has the strongest legs, and this second issue really makes the case for Xanthe to be a key part of the DC Universe for years to come. The pairing with Constantine and Cassandra is inspired, and shows that the character is already a versatile and unique character in the DC Universe.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Spirit World #2 mixes humor and horror, giving us some great action scenes with Cassandra and Po Po along with lots of dazzling magic from Xanthe. For anyone who loves Asian mythology and wants to see a different twist on magic use in the DC Universe, check this out!

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    Much like the first chapter, Spirit World #2 is as much an exploration of The Envoy as a character as it is an adventure book, but it also works on that level. I am hoping that there’s more Spirit World after this six-issue series ends, if only for more explorations of the Chinese mythology at its core (but also because the world needs more Xanthe.)

  • 80

    One of the biggest positives of the “Lazarus Planet” event was the diversification of DC Comics’ universe with new characters entering the fray. The “We Are Legends” initiative brings readers Spirit World, a limited series that centers on the realm of the dead from Asian folklore. Toss in some well-known supporting characters like John Constantine and Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) and you have a magical adventure with a lot of twists and turns. We’re only two issues in, but so far there is a lot to like and latch onto as a reader.

  • 70


    Overall, Spirit World is entertaining, but has a few distracting flaws. While I appreciate the nuance in working topics of gender identity into the complex lore, some of the choices come off way too convenient or heavy handed. While the mystery of Xanthe’s identity can be relatable, it is not nearly as compelling as it could be. To be honest, most of the conflict in the issue is an awkward family dinner and a tangential mission. I believe we haven’t seen the best of what awaits Spirit World, and sincerely hope it continues it’s exciting art style and mysterious tone.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Spirit World #2 is not as good as the first issue, but I hope that what Alyssa Wong sets up this month will pay off. I still recommend everyone checks this out; I hope I don’t look like a fool for doing so when all is said and done.

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