Cognition from creator Ken Reynolds has been a bit of a revelation since it first hit and with the kind of response to its Kickstarter campaigns that makes you sit up and take notice.
Issues #0 & #1 set the scene for the newest supernatural team on the block in the shape of the British Occult Secret Service (B.O.S.S.) and while Cal & Sigma may have taken centre-stage the rest of the team have become more evident as their caseload has increased. Here we find them thrown into the latest sighting of a demon dog that’s haunted Suffolk and the surrounding areas for centuries and while it’s another dangerous situation for the team they seem to delve in with much the same swagger as they’ve had before.
Dark themes are almost soaked into the pages and it almost has the crackle of a classic black & white horror movie it’s executed so well. The team are risk takers and a unique blend of characters but the particular tie between Cal & Sigma becomes more obvious in the action-packed confrontation with their latest target. The thin vein of humour is still there too and that blends with the intriguing premise to make this another captivating issue from Ken and artist Sam Bentley.
Sam’s work reaches a whole new level which really get to shine across some of the page sequences where very little is said through dialogue or narration and while some of the other pages seem crammed with that kind of information Ken does a great job on lettering to keep things clean & tidy.
The B.O.S.S. crew end up feeling like the UK branch of the BPRD with the same type of humour & supernatural elements but Ken & Sam do an amazing job of breathing life into their creations that shows a great depth to the characters on the pages. In fact, I think that where those first two issues set the stage for what to expect, it’s this latest issue that delivers the ambition that the creative team has. A dark, energetic, fun & engaging read that warrants the attention that it already gets on its Kickstarter campaigns……onwards and upwards to more success for the Cognition team.