The Ministry Of Compliance #2 Review: A Wild Sci-Fi Premise

The Ministry of Compliance #2 review

Read our review of The Ministry Of Compliance #2 from IDW Publishing, written by John Ridley with art by Stefano Raffaele.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Ministry Of Compliance #2 Review:

The set-up of this book is that an alien invasion isn’t coming — it already happened, they won, they run the planet. And now, various forces are fighting back against them. Only, we aren’t following the humans… We’re following the aliens, who just want to do their jobs. With swords.

Host Alex Zalben called this a “wild sci-fi premise” with “cool action sequences… This book is great.”

Justin Tyler agreed, saying, “I love the world. I love [that] the philosophical point of view is not what you expect… It’s very off-kilter in a way, this book goes hard. It’s sort of a punch-in-the-neck type book, both with its action and point of view. One of my favorite reads right now so definitely check it out.”

Zalben added that while Ridley is best known for pushing social justice ideas in his books, this one flips the paradigm to prioritize action and plot. That said, there’s, “a really interesting sequence in here for the main character who is, I would say, Black presenting and the reason for that is she is an alien. She talks a little bit about why, what it is like for her to have this face, being an alien who actually rules the world… This complicated sci-fi idea you don’t see a lot in comic books. And the way that [Ridley] explores it… It’s fun at the same time. It’s thought-provoking, but you have a good time reading this comic book and it’s bloody and violent while it’s goes.”

The Ministry Of Compliance #2 Official Synopsis:

The Devolution has ceased communication with all the Ministries on Earth, and there’s no way for the members of the Ministries to get off Earth. They are on their own and being hunted by murderous Earth assassins. Avigail, Quinn, and Kingsley will have to go up against a large group of assassins in order to get answers about their current catastrophic predicament. And the conspiracy of who is working against the Ministries from the inside festers.

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