Rating: 4.5/5 – A gripping noir murder mystery.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
Chris Charlton’s crime noir thriller grabbed me from the very first page, the tonal black & white art by David Hollenbach showing by a dingy workshop with some wicked looking tools in evidence accompanied by the dialogue, coming from off-panel “You’re beautiful, you know that? Now let’s see those eyes, darling.” The juxtaposition of the starkness of the scene shown and the words that could be completely lovely in a different context was chilling. See for yourself, you can read the 1st half of issue #1 for free.
Are you back? OK, beyond the 1st page the story kicks into gear, bringing horrific reality to the words spoken on page 1. Hollenbach’s black & white art punctuated by spot color in red, yellow, blue, and brown was wonderful. It complemented the mood of the story, set in 1949, wonderfully. In issue #2 he does some really nice layouts with bleeding action across panels in a 9-panel grid during a car chase. Really nicely done.
Detective Drake Harper is flawed but has a gritty charm, a great noir leading man. His narration lends to the overall feel of the book as we get the inside track on his relationship with his partner, his estranged wife, and the beginnings of his pursuit of the psychotic serial killer, The Vulture.
You can get the 1st two issue now in digital for two bucks each or in print for $4.99 each direct from Assailant Comics on their website. This comic is highly recommended for fans of noir, murder mysteries, and period crime stories. Don’t take my word for it, go back and read the free sample linked above. Personally, I’m eagerly anticipating issue #3, I want to know what happens next, the hallmark of any great serialized story!
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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