Art by Viktor Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox and Paul Maybury
Cover by Viktor Kalvachev
Printed by Image Comics
If you want an old school rocking private eye pulp fiction kind of comic book, you are going to love this new story line from Image Comics. Hard bitten low rent private dick who just wants to escape his past, and live his own life without being overshadowed by his father. Of course it does not help that he makes a pretty poor private eye, but the idea that this could be Kolchak is not far from the readers mind. This really is a take on some of the best stereotypes of private investigators out there in print right now. The cool part is that he gets sucked into the seedier side of Hollywood, trying to solve a case. Where he gets to meet strippers, drug dealers, mobsters, Hollywood types, that ends up being a real case that he needs to solve.
The art work is amazingly good, and does a great credit to the artists bringing that pulp fiction gritty pulp mystery novel feel to the entire comic book. Overall the letting, writing, art, and everything else involved with this comic book even down to the language used by the characters sucks the reader into the world that these people live in. There are some very good comedic elements to the story that play nicely with the overall look and feel of the comic book. The mobsters feel like mobsters, everyone is true to role throughout the comic book, including our bumbling but smart private eye.
Overall I am going to rate this one 5 of 5 stars, it was a good solid enjoyable read in a genre that generally does not get the respect it deserves. Of all the mystery private eye comic books out there, this one is one of the best of the genre. Even with a few cliché touches to it, the story is solid, readable, and enjoyable. This one is well worth adding to your physical comic book collection, one for you to read and enjoy, one to bag and board and store somewhere for later on down the road when you need to sell it off. In the longer run, this is a good way to spend money on a TPB, and enjoy the entire story line from beginning to end.