This is definitely a step up from The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution (though that wouldn’t be hard) and we begin to see the structure of the basic conflict, though it’s still at the level of glimpses round the edge rather than a full clear view. So (I think) we know that a horrifying monster, which we see only fragments of – very effectively – is the candidate to become Rex Mundi as part of a rather murky plot to turn the world over to, basically, it seems, the devil.
I have only two real complaints here, and they’re both aspects of the same problem, i.e. cliched thinking. So Central American religion = good, Western religions (including the pagan ones) = bad. And likewise, somewhat tediously, the bad guys at the heart of the conspiracy turn out to be upper-class Englishmen. I mean, what a surprise. It’s all very well to be right on, but it would be more interesting, wouldn’t it, if things weren’t so, well, obvious?
But nonetheless, this is a fine book, tightly constructed, and with a very nice trick for integrating a character’s back-story within the story without disrupting the flow of events in the present. And Jack Frost is hardly in it at all, which must be good (though when he is, he’s bloody irritating). Oh yes, and it turns out that alien abduction is a good thing. Think about it.