Bunn captures the modern-day, hard-boiled detective feel in which everyone is beyond feeling emotions, drinks even though they’ve given it up, and has a game of one-upmanship like no one else. Mark Torres’ work is extremely stylized and plays into the horror elements of the book in a very straightforward manner. I think we only get a clear shot of one person’s face in the entire first issue. The colors and design create a very surreal atmosphere that work extremely well for some scenes, especially the supernatural stuff, which happens to look and feel pretty awesome. My guess, as the book picks up steam, is that the heavily atmospheric approach will pay off to an even greater degree.
Essentially, there are two mysteries unfolding at once. How they connect and what really happened between Kerr, Alyssa, and Warner eight years ago, considering Bunn’s library of work, will be pretty interesting.
And, of cours,e if you don’t want to know exactly, with 100% certainty, how some of this connects, don’t read the blurb on the Image website . . . it may get into some spoiler territory.
Creative Team: Cullen Bunn (creator, story), Mark Torres (creator, art, design), Simon Bowland (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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