The merger of music and comic books continues in "Tomorrowland #2" by Titan Comics and the creative team of Paul Jenkins ("The Inhumans", "Spider-Man", "Wolverine: Origin") alongside Star Labs artists Alti Firmansyah and Beny Maulana. Issue two brings us to the midway point of this saga which mingles real life music festivals and DJ's with supernatural elements across time and space. This secondary issue offers more exposition as well as more snappy banter with the series' two stars, electric music DJ's Dimitri Vega and Like Mike (who is not to be confused with the 2002 film "Like Mike" or its even more forgettable direct-to-DVD sequel) as they find themselves smack in the middle of a musical struggle of destiny.
Issue one left the duo off in a strange place; having just somehow countered a demonic attack at the annual "Tomorrowland" electronic music festival in Belgium with the energy of creativity itself, Dimitri and Mike found themselves surrounded by figures across history - from an elf princess to Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare. They inform the duo that they've become part of a struggle between the forces of light and creativity and the forces of darkness and entropy - led by a mysterious villain called "the Nameless One". While Dimitri is willing to go along with the weird ride, Mike seems to only care about sandwiches and their next gig. That aforementioned gig takes place in Brazil and goes awry when demons from the Nameless One muck with the rave despite the best efforts of their time-flung allies.
Alti Firmansyah and Beny Maulana produce some terrific artwork here, with smooth lines and a fun, energetic style with colors to match; American comic fans might be reminded of the work of Roger Cruz in their pencils and inks. The mechanics of the universe are explained well enough (beyond some text errors in the review copy, such as one panel being repeated twice) as beings who exude more creative energy than the average person being more powerful against the demons - and with Like Mike and Dimitri being the champions of the latest skirmish. It is fun seeing a panel in which Jesus Christ, Ghandi, Amelia Airheart, Mother Theresa, Shakespeare, Joan of Arc and Bruce Lee (!) all unite, as well as Jacques Cousteau in octopus-commanding fury. However, while I've never heard the music of Dimitri and Like Mike, I have to wonder of considering them literal peers to Shakespeare, Wilde, Einstein, or Jesus Christ isn't at best overly flattering.
Many real life musicians have been involved in comics and vice versa, and "celebrities" being either writers or characters within the stories is nothing new. David Letterman once appeared in an issue of "Marvel Team-Up", and even this summer celebrity chef Chris Cosentino wrote a one-shot for Marvel in which he teams up with Wolverine. To this end one could imagine that Jenkins is telling a story somewhat similar to a "Bill & Ted" film, only featuring real life musicians and far more elegant language. It can be difficult to tell where the story ends and promotion of "Tomorrowland" or the two DJ's work begins, but at the very least it doesn't take itself so seriously that it cannot be enjoyed as a lark as well as a metaphor for the power of creativity over darkness. Offering 28 pages of story for $3.99, it's well worth a look if one wants to see a story about superheroes of music instead of spandex.