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‘Doctor Radar #1:’ Comic Book Review

There’s a lot of fun to be had in this comic. Set in the early ’20s in France, the art style is reflective of that era and setting, which helps to add to the immersive quality of the world in which the story takes place. The story itself is a tribute to murder mystery/adventure stories of that era and features a number of colorful characters to that effect.

When a brilliant scientist is called away on some unexpected business, he ends up the victim of an intricately designed murder plot. He’s not the first scientist to be killed recently under mysterious circumstances, nor will he be the last. The deaths all seem unconnected, but Ferdinand Straus, Gentleman Detective (and flying ace), suspects otherwise. His investigations lead him to a shadowy criminal mastermind and master of disguise who calls himself Doctor Radar.

Originally written in French by Noël Simsolo, the comic has been translated into English for publication in the U.S. by Titan Comics.

One minor problem I had: The stylized artwork provides vivid detail for the locations and general ambiance, but it’s a little harder to discern characters’ faces—especially since many of them dress in a similar manner. Because of this, I occasionally found it difficult to tell what was going on, because I wasn’t sure which characters were which; however, this was only a minor inconvenience at best. If you do fall behind, the comic gives you plenty of opportunity to catch up.

There’s a lot going on in this comic, and it’s only the first issue. It’s pretty dense and often moves very quickly, but in a good way. I can only imagine how much further we’ll delve into this world and its characters before the series arc is over. Personally, I can’t wait to find out how this all plays out.


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