Titan Comics 2017
Written by Kim Newman
Penciled by Paul McCaffrey
Inked by Bambos Georgiou
Coloured by Kevin Enhart
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Moreover, Penny is somewhat alarmed to discover that her new duties as Tin Jubilee Overseer have brought her into contact with Graf von Orlok, master of the Tower of London, and one of the few vampires even Dracula, legend has it, is reputedly afraid of. She is therefore genuinely surprised to discover that Orlok appears to like her… The Daughter of the Dragon, who serves her father’s criminal enterprise, has pursued the mysterious Irma Vep, supposedly a visiting French master crook, to the Dearborn Mission, a riverfront chapel, which is the fall-back headquarters of the Council. Inside the Mission, Kate is appalled as Christina summons the President of the Council (Sunday), who reveals his grand plan for the Jubilee…
Well sometimes in life you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Also being a patsy is never ever fun as Kate is learning throughout this issue. From the beginning the focus upon Kate has said she’s our main focus throughout this story and there’s more to her than meets the eye. Just what that is and why he’s so important hasn’t been explored yet but it feels like it’s on the horizon and with the events of this issue it’s something that hopefully will take precedence in our finding out.
There’s one thing about what Kim is doing here that is the fact that she’s kind showcasing the being the good guy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Nor does it at times seem like it’s worth it. I mean from being branded a traitor by one group and a dissident in need of being locked up by the other while trying her damndest to save everyone yeah it’s a clusterfuck. At least she seems to have at least one faction still on her side willing to help her out and extricate her from the hands of those who wish her harm.
There’s a very nicely detailed, cute and belying innocence to the artwork that we see here. I do enjoy the style of work in display it’s both descriptive and interesting and has more of that Young Love quality than horror so in that deception it works nicely. Plus the original Nosferatu character steals the show whenever we see him. The way page layouts are utilised through angles and perspective are very well done. While not every panel has backgrounds when they are used they do wonders in fleshing out the larger picture.
Kate has her hands full and the way the story has proceeded and shown us how the domino pieces were set up and now falling has been extremely nice to see. The pacing, characterisation and development of this book on the whole has really captured the imagination of the premise. For many people this is the introduction to the franchise and garners just the right amount of interest for the novel series. I mean I actually bought the first novel and can’t wait to dive into it.
Titan is the home of expanding franchises, bringing them to the masses and making them more accessible than they’ve ever been. Now if they’d get the rights to Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles i’d be over the moon!