I am not an artist nor do I have any desire to ever pursue a career in which drawing of any type is involved. This is not because I frown upon the career, rather it is quite the opposite. I could only dream of drawing an image that actually depicted what I attempted it to – you know, instead of drawing an elephant and having it mistaken for a drawing of a tree and then going along with it because it is so much easier than admitting to the failure of a drawing. So then I become known as the girl who can draw trees insanely well – to the point that a well-known art magazine contacts me to draw them a picture, but when I try to draw the tree again, it ends up looking like an elephant and then everyone discovers that my life is a sham. The point of this is, I cannot draw. Because of this, I always feel guilty when I judge any type of artwork – who am I to criticize someone over what I cannot even do? That’s like someone who cannot even sing judging someone else’s singing. I was grappling with this concern during the first volume; however, after finishing the second volume, I have to admit, I am not a fan of Coleman Engle’s chosen art style for the series:
This version of Steven created a wave of nostalgia as I was reminded of the forgotten series of Donkey Kong. The main comics composed by Jeremy Sorese seemed to be lacking as I found myself enjoying the featured comics a lot more.
Yet Sorese did produce one moment with Pearl that captured me perfectly.
Can a collection of books exist without being organized? Not if the collection belongs to me.
The plot of this comic revolved around Pearl transporting the mess in the living room to inside her gem to avoid the clutter, but this backfires as she unknowingly intakes a book with a gem on the cover. This causes her to become ill and shoot out objects from her gem. To uncover the mystery behind Pearl’s illness, Steven and Garnet venture inside, but Garnet falls out and Steven is left alone with the book. Turns out that all Steven has to do is finish the book to cure Pearl. . .but you cannot just introduce a gem and leave it like that! Who is it? Why is it on a book?
In a featured comic, Greg’s van gets stuck and Garnet offers to help:
Overall, I found myself enjoying this comic more than the one that I previously summarized – both in terms of the drawing style and the plot. Yet, there was one comic by Sorese that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Crystal Gems are on a mission to restore a clock that keeps track of all time, and Steven excitedly shows off his new watch that tracks everything but time, it even compliments him. Upon arriving to the clock, Amethyst and Steven have a disagreement over how to restart it and Steven suggests that perhaps the clock only needs a compliment. Using his watch, Steven restores the clock and then my favorite scenes occur:
I really appreciated the asymmetrical panels and the whole notion of lost time catching up to the clock.
Unlike the first volume, this comic felt less geared (solely) towards children. Perhaps this was because I knew what to expect this time, or maybe it was simply because it was missing an activity page. Since I was familiar with the format for this volume, I was more critical on the main stories, but I still enjoyed them. The featured comics, however, did an excellent job capturing the entire essence of Steven Universe. I found myself looking forward to the features because I could live without Sorese’s stories.