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Vanish #2

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

Meet Deacon Dust. Master illusionist and Oliver Harrison’s close childhood friend. Why is this arrogant charmer coming into focus, and what does the superhero team the Prestige have to do with it all? Oliver’s past continues to come back and haunt him as the latest chapter of VANISH unfolds!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
30 pages
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Variant Cover Artist

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An intense story that Cates uses to amplify the conflicts in the plot as well as with the characters. There is some great world building throughout the story and I am impressed with the scope and tone of everything Cates is doing. I cannot wait to dive deeper into this world and its stakes to see what happens next.

    The Art: Stegman delivers some intense, beautifully detailed art that perfectly captures the mood and tone of the story.

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

    This second issue of “Vanish” reads like a hangover issue for the protagonist by having Donny Cates continue giving exposition into his background and the messed up tactics that his “school” had put him through to indoctrinate them into soldiers preparing for war. Cates is in his wheelhouse with a flawed main character, Oliver, with a righteous mission in his mind but less than tactical game-planning. This issue doesn’t have any of the gore and in-your-face attitude as the first, but it’s more of Oliver realizing there is a storm coming from his actions, and he is not only trying to justify it to the reader but to his loved ones as well. There is an interaction that Cates shows between Oliver and his old friend Deacon that has a blink-and-you-’ll-miss-it moment about how Oliver is taking his current life for granted by going back into a war they’d gotten out of. This is an essential piece because it helps show the reader that this is something internal inside Oliver that he will never be able to let subside. Instead, it will cause him to make reckless moves putting everyone in danger. The ending isn’t quite a cliffhanger, but it does give a glimpse into the antagonists and how they are starting to see the true power of Oliver and how they will respond.

    Ryan Stegman and JP Mayer’s art in “Vanish” has this gritty old school Image comics vibe to it with his thick linework, textured details, and ability to give depth to a character’s emotion. During the scene between Oliver and Deacon, some prime shots of Deacon’s fur coat and the emotional manipulation start to unfold. Stegman’s ability to hone in on Oliver’s emotions and share them with the reader correctly also becomes a vital tool for Cate’s story-telling. It adds this manipulation factor for Oliver to convince his friends, or anyone else, to join him. Sonia Oback is also a key component for this dark, gritty story because her colors have this slightly dull factor to them that even though this issue takes place during the day, there is this sense of dread that something dark is coming.

    Action isn’t needed for this issue as the reader follows the protagonist in his quest to prepare for the impending response from the group of antagonists.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Vanish #2 builds out a world of magic, menace, and mystery, delivering a superhero tale unlike any other. The stage is set for a battle between Oliver and the Prestige/Hollow as soon as the next issue. And for once in my life, I’m rooting for the villain or in this case, the hero. Because in a world of magic, nothing’s what it seems.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    Still buzzing a month later after the year’s most raucous and adrenaline-fueled debut of ‘Vanish’ #1, comes the clean and sober follow-up that focuses on Oliver’s complicated relationships. It’s a lot more subtle and character-driven storytelling in issue two which is compelling enough and necessary but quite the drop-off in action. The opening scene is a bit disturbing and uncomfortable but demonstrates exactly the kind of callousness that was included in the training of young wizards. Oliver is the result of that and the worse for it. His trauma fuels his thirst for revenge but it’s not something that his old friend or his wife share. Wizards parading as superheroes is not new but the collision course he finds himself headed toward The Hollow could change things forever. ‘Vanish’ takes a breath to build on this universe of wizards turned superheroes by revealing the personal stakes involved.

  • 75


    Vanish #2 spends most of its time revealing the personality of its lead character. A big splashy and somewhat shocking opening scene is the standout element as it informs us of a more negative outlook on magic wielders and superpowered folks. In some respects, this issue feels like it’s holding back a bit, but rest assured, the cliffhanger should up the ante next issue.

  • 60

    Vanish’s debut was stellar, and while Vanish #2 does stumble a bit out of the gate, by issue’s end it managed to recapture my attention and bring welcome additions into the fold. The book heads back into the past for a brief lesson of Oliver’s youth, and while the concept of this particular sequence is clear, the execution is a bit uneven, making the whole thing feel as if it’s being played for shock value than meaningful reflection or growth for the character. Once Donny Cates moves into the present things start picking up again, as heartfelt and brutally honest dialogue between Oliver and his growing cast results in some of the book’s best moments, and those heart-to-hearts aren’t the only brutal things here, as artist Ryan Stegman, colorist Sonia Oback, and inker JP Mayer establish a murky mood early but keep things interesting by punctuation those dour backdrops with larger than life characters and big swaths of color. Oh, and the blood flows when it has to as well. I didn’t love this issue as much as I did the book’s debut, but the series continues to hold immense promise and is off to a great start.

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