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Life is Strange
Book 2 - Waves


Writer: Emma Vieceli
Artist: Claudia Leonardi
Publisher: Titan Comics
RRP: £13.99, US $16.99
ISBN: 978 1 78773 088 5
116 pages
Publication Date: 23 October 2019

Mysteriously gifted with the power to rewind time, Max Caulfield used her new abilities to reconnect with her oldest friend, Chloe Price, and to bring to justice the murderers of Chloe’s closest confidante, Rachel Amber. Max’s abilities came at a cost, however: if Max altered the original timeline - in which Chloe died of a gunshot wound - a hurricane would destroy their hometown, Arcadia Bay. In one reality, our Max chose to save Chloe’s life, sacrificing Arcadia Bay. A year later, to save herself from a flux of possibilities that was tearing her apart, Max jumped into a new timeline, reconciling the disparate shards of herself in the process. Max may now be whole, but she’s far from unscathed. In an ocean of possibilities, where does she go from here...?

Following on from the events in Book 1 - Dust, this second volume of collected issues of the Life is Strange comic book series sees us transported to yet another alternate timeline. In this universe Rachel Amber is still alive and is in a long term relationship with Chloe. Max has to come to terms with the fact that saving Chloe's life in the previous timeline now means that she has lost her as a romantic partner.

When a mysterious goth boy starts to appear everywhere Max goes, she soon discovers that the majority of people can't see him... and those that do only manage to catch a glimpse of him fleetingly. At first she things she's going mad, or flickering between universes once again, but she soon discovers that he's also disengaged from his own timeline.

The story builds well on the previous collection and is a wonderful spin-off adventure to the original console game. If you've been following the story so far you won't be disappointed by what writer Emma Vieceli delivers here.


Darren Rea

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