The adventure of the Grace Field House orphans continues.
Escape, run, survive …
The curtain of the first volume of The Promised Neverland had fallen on a symposium of Demons intent on feasting on their proud meals. The show starts again with Emma’s new plan to turn off the two-way radios that are implanted in the ears of all orphans and find a way to make everyone escape.
Thus begins a sort of training through the game of tag which soon takes on the contours of the prelude to a desperate escape.
While our three protagonists perfect the plan to escape from the orphanage, the figure of Sister Krone becomes more and more threatening: the woman wants to steal the role of “mother” from Isabella and begins to interact with the children more and more closely.
Unfortunately, Emma, Norman and Ray’s efforts, no matter how much ground they gain in the fight against Isabella and her plans to feed orphans to the demonic hordes, always seem to run aground at a new obstacle. Whether it is the tracking devices, the presence of Sister Krone or the time left until the date of their escape, there is always a new wall to break down. Perhaps only unity can bring strength, as an ancient adage goes, but even on this horizon threatening clouds seem to gather.
Someone inside the orphanage is a traitor who provides the “mother” with information about the actions and the whereabouts of the main trio at any time of the day. Adding to an already intricate puzzle, this new piece takes the storyline to a whole new level. The presence of a possible spy makes mind games very interesting and speeds up defense mechanisms. Although the spy’s identity is revealed relatively early compared to other series, the discovery has a considerable impact on the story level, sowing paranoid vortices as the plot unfolds. The main trio in this volume are joined by Don and Gilda, to whom the protagonists tell a half-truth in a desperate attempt to find out who is betraying them and if it is possible to join forces of all to escape. The outside world is mentioned more than once taking on the contours of something real, while in the course of the first volume it appeared as a rather smoky concept.
The sense of growing fear and danger throughout history is heightened by some truly impressive plates. While not as detailed as in the first volume (most of the action takes place in the forest, in a corridor and in a bedroom), the focus is less on the hideous creatures and figures and more on the characters’ body language and their expressions. The protagonists, faced with increasingly shocking discoveries, are called upon to manage a wide range of emotions along this arc: their faces shift from simulated joy to prudent attention to a complete mistrust. This is particularly evident in Emma and Norman, who rarely had a chance to overcome their core archetypes in the first volume. It is a joy for the eyes to see the skill of Posuka Demizu in being able to convey the emotions of the characters, despite being the same sensations, each different on a different face. The “mom” in this volume is a bit of wallpaper, waiting for things to happen or just ready to give instructions on what to do.
On the other hand, this second exit is based more on a work of introspection. An embroidery woven with art and patience rendered with an excellent work of characterization and a strong sense of rhythm. A serious reading with a twist that will give a different interpretation of the events that have occurred so far.