Created/Written: Raven Gregory
Pencils: Marcio Abreu, Novo Malgado
Colors: Mark Roberts, Michael Garcia
This comic book was written in a very interesting fashion. The narrator, our killer, is telling us the story from their point of view however, the images portraying said character vary greatly, letting the reader picture this tale being one that could possibly involve anybody they know. This does give a type of introspective aspect to the story. It’s almost like it’s in some sort of voice-over style, like in movies.
While in the past I have given FULL synopses of each comic book I review, I found this one to be a plausible and realistic scenario and, therefore, I’m not going to throw EVERYTHING out there for you. I watch/read a lot of true crime and have for well…a VERY long time. I can tell you that, while this is a story or horror fiction, it definitely has the markers of what some of the killers I read about embody.
Here we have an author. One desperately trying to stay at the top of their game. The Best-Seller List of authors is hard competition, ya know? And these people stay on this list for years and years, making it even more difficult for “new blood” to get a shot at the recognition and sales. People are less likely to change what they do, buy, etc. if what they are already doing is working well, for them.
So, a struggling author threatened with being forgotten and thrown by the wayside at every turn. Then, there’s an experience and a book that follows that changes this author’s life forever. Murder…and the story of how it happened. It’s such a successful manuscript that they do it again…and again. The victims? All authors on the Best-Seller List.
Of course, eventually, the police catch on to the series of murders. Investigations, interrogations, stabbings, strangling, drugs, sex, arson…it’s a regular smorgasbord of crime fiction attributes. Smart cops too. But, there’s always one that is a little TOO good, isn’t there? Sometimes, good intuition can put you in bad situations.
So, normally, this is where I tell you exactly what happens…to everyone. But, not today.
No. This was too good a story for me to spoil this time. I thought it was excellently written. The curiosity factor was forever there the entire time I was reading. Having seen and read so much about true crime and what criminals really do and why just made this story seem that much creepier. I mean, it’s always scarier and more impactful when it could “really happen”, right? (I’m speaking of probability, not possibility. Just because something CAN happen doesn’t mean it’s likely that it WILL happen.) The pathology behind serial killers and their motivation, though they may seem complicated, is usually less impressive than what we imagine and Gregory really gets into that mindset here. Murder is often a selfish crime but, serial murder is a maniacal solution to a recurring need. This story fully embraces being in the mind of a killer and takes you along with them on their journey of death.
The artwork in this issue reminds me a lot of the artwork and imaging used for the video game LA Noire. It’s got this 1940’s, clean edge kind of color scheme and yet, a modern character style and appeal. It’s very conducive to the suspenseful and thriller-like nature of the story because it adds a sense of continuity and comfort that gets shocked into the harsh realities of the killer. Bringing together realistic images and fictional frights, this artist was an excellent expressionist of the story.
A great issue and a great read!