Script: Fred Van Lente
Artwork: Guiu Vilanova
Colors: Mauricio Wallace/Josan Gonzalez
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Guiu Vilanova/Mauricio Wallace
Over the weekend I read one of the strangest comic books I have yet to pick up. The title Weird Detective is apt for this guy is wicked strange. We are presented with Sebastian Greene, a hardnosed, super straight-laced detective who seems to always have all the answers. And there is a reason for that.
He’s a single guy, red hair and creepy eyes. He lives alone with his cat, an animal that he communicates with telepathically. Yes, the cat can talk…sort of. The thing is the man is actually an alien. Well, technically, an alien being has taken his place in our society by making a copy of his body and inhabiting it while the real Sebastian Greene is in an incubator type thing being kept alive by machines and tubes.
The aliens, calling themselves “The Great Race” have decided to come to Earth in the quest for knowledge as to how to eradicate other villainous beings from destroying their planet and lives. So, there is a war between alien lifeforms (races) and then there’s an alien presence on Earth.
Now, none of the people this “detective” interacts with think it’s ultimately outrageous that he is as good as he is at his job. He doesn’t need to process any evidence or talk to anyone, he just looks at the scene and automatically knows what happened. At most, these people think he’s just a little off kilter. Nobody suspects he is anything other than what he presents himself to be.
In this issue, the detective solves two homicides. One is particularly gross because the body is missing all of it’s insides. It’s just a floppy mess of skin, like a body mask almost. And it’s found at the bottom of a pool so that just amplifies the nastiness.
I will say it took a little time for the premise of the story to come together. They basically waited until the last few pages to bring the whole thing together. Sometimes that can be frustrating. And the way the story is told, it’s a little confusing as to who is really the narrator here.
But the artwork is cool and makes the reading more enjoyable. The images of the various aliens are interesting too. They’re not the typical alien picture with the reverse teardrop shaped head and the big black eyes and fairly human form. (It’s funny how we always seem to picture aliens looking so similar to humans, a little arrogant on our part don’t you think? They are another species. That’s like assuming a goat should look like a human being.)
I’ve got five issues for this series. I am going to hope that the story picks up in the second issue.