Briefly, Carver is a man on a mission: to help the dame that probably done him wrong, and nothing is going to get in his way. Right there is all you need to know to pull you in. And, once you get pulled in, you’re going to be in for a wild ride.
Carver has all the elements you need for a story like this. Hard, jaded, often underestimated by his attackers, and with a foe who wants nothing but to make his life hell. Creator Chris Hunt captures the genre perfectly with the clipped dialogue of the hero and the stingy and interesting way he parcels out story details. Calm and self-contained, Francis Carver is the opposite of Stalker Lee, the nemesis seeking to ruin him. In fact, we learn as much from Carver’s silence as we do from Stalker’s masked chattiness.
Chris Hunt hits all the right notes in this opening chapter and wisely keeps his tale in stark black and white, often eschewing backgrounds in most panels to keep the focus where it belongs: on his compelling story. His framing often recalls the very noir films that inspired it, from the lush shadows of the villain’s dive to the smoky atmospherics of his Paris flat, and that’s a great lore to draw from, giving him a vast palette to play with.
“What do you do, Monsieur 'Carver?'”
“Me? I’m an artist.”
“Then, where did you get all those scars?”
“From women who ask too many questions.”
Verdict: FOUR Black Pearls of Paris out of FIVE