In many ways, this comic is similar to creator Andrez Bergen’s previous comic endeavor, Bullet Gal. It’s done in the same black-and-white, digital photomanipulation art style. It’s got a strong female protagonist, and it’s got a definite noirish feel to it; however, even with these similarities, Trista & Holt manages to be a very different and distinct comic from Bullet Gal.
In the previous issue, we were introduced to Trista, a high-ranking member of a major mob family. We also got a brief glimpse of Issy Holt, a drunken, rich playboy who’s heir to the opposing mob family. In this issue, we get to see a bit more of Holt, as he climbs blearily out of bed at 4 in the afternoon and heads immediately to a disco.
Despite appearances, though, Holt is more than just a drunken screw up. He’s a smart man, who knows whom to talk to and whom to stay friendly with, in order to learn the things that are worth knowing. What’s more, he knows that it’s the people that everyone else tends to overlook, or take for granted, that have the most to teach.
Like most of Bergen’s work, there are a number or little bits thrown in mainly for his own amusement—and the amusement of those with a sharp enough eye to catch them. In this one, you might catch some obscure pop culture references, as well as a few “cameos” in the artwork if you pay attention—or if you read the author blurb at the end.
This is a fun, cool comic that’s a bit different from the norm. The combination of ’40s noir and ’70s disco isn’t one you’d think would work, but it does. Definitely looking forward to the next issue.