I thoroughly enjoyed the original Iron Sights Graphic Novel and felt it was the best work to date from Richard C. Meyers (Jawbreakers, Comics Matter Youtube). The original Iron Sights reminded me of one of the better Tarantino films with the only thing missing being copious use of the N-Word.
Iron Sights: 2 Psychos opens with Ramadi from the first installment. Time has passed and he’s firmly ingrained in Esme’s cartel but is a shell of his former self. He’s also on the outs with Esme after botching a hit. An opportunity for redemption presents itself when a former associate from the War (Harm) shows up in at the border.
Ramadi has a mixed history with Harm and isn’t sure whether to recruit him into the organization or kill him because of the trauma he experienced during their time together in Iraq. Their relationship is the catalyst of the story and pushes the events that occur.
About midway through the Graphic Novel, there is a huge swerve that totally subverts expectations. I won’t spoil the book but where the story starts is not where we end up. The second half of 2 Psychos is incredible. If you liked the first volume or are just a fan of balls-out action then you’ll love this.
Ibai also steps it up in the art direction. Volume one was a great read but there were a lot of dodgy panels all over the place. Iron Sights: 2 Psychos is a lot more consistent with the linework and is particularly strong when it comes to action sequences and character models.
There is a lot to enjoy in this volume. The story is a wild ride from beginning to end. There is a stinger for a third installment and it’s hard not to be excited to see what Ya Boi and Ibai, come up with next for these characters.