- Jeff Marsick, Newsarama
Jay Piscopo's The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli - Volume 2 is a Best Shot on Newsarama. Reviewed by Jeff Marsick.
I reviewed and praised Volume 1 a few months back and eagerly awaited Volume 2. Figuring and fearing that the sequel could only disappoint on the fun and adventure established in the pilot, I cracked the cover with a healthy dose of skepticism. Turns out I was completely wrong, as Jay Piscopo throws the dial over to eleven and creates a book that’s even better than the first, “The Empire Strikes Back” as it were, of the series.Click HERE for the full review.
It’s a heady read in the beginning, as Mr. Piscopo channels his inner Chris Claremont and lays down a lot of back story about two undersea utopias, Lemuria and Atlantis. Pretty standard Shakespearean fare tempered with some New Gods influence shapes the history, with villains and heroes and Princesses, oh my! It all leads up to the creation of the undersea kingdom of Aquarius, where our titular hero now finds himself, standing beside the enigmatic Commander X, the kingdom’s Lord Protector. Faster than Eli can say “Fraffle!” the kingdom finds itself under attack, and the story hits the hyperdrive button: Commander X goes missing. Eli takes command of Sub Zero to mount a rescue mission. The Sea Searchers are looking for Eli. The World Security Navy, led by Admiral Taw McGraw is trying to find Commander X to bring him to justice. There’s a new villainous Lord Hydro, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, with designs to carry on his father’s work of destroying Aquarius. And the Firehawks make their debut! All of this, on our planet, right there in the depths of the Sargasso Sea....