Oni Press 2015 on sale 08/25
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Illustrated by Justin Greenwood
Coloured by Ryan Hill
I love having no idea what to expect coming into a new series but when there’s a writer attached to it like Marc’s well you kind of have an idea that it’ll be pretty darn good. Now I had no idea what a stringer was before reading this but now I’m fascinated by these guys and what they do here. A cut throat business obtaining footage for networks to run well okay i’m intrigued but then what else he does here that just took a different level and made it too interesting to pass up.
Justin and Ryan do a really nice on the interiors here. They really manage to capture the motion of the car and traveling at high speeds in it nicely without making it seem like it’s some special effects trick. The faces and the expressions on them are wonderful expressive and give off a wide range of feelings and emotions so can understand their personalities better. There’s a nice attention to detail in panels where it’s needed to help set up what and where the character is.
Aside from the obvious dangers of the profession they’ve chosen there’s more going on here than you expect. Honestly the opening dialogue is fantastic and immediately tells you what kind of friends these two men are. It’s the kind of banter than only true friends can have with one another so right off the bat you kind of like em before even really meeting them. Paul and Nick partners and they seem to have been for quite some time they are the two men we’re going to be following throughout this story and they are actually likable.
There’s secrets between them that we aren’t privy to at the moment but somehow throughout the course of action we see this issue I doubt that will matter much in the long run. A simple job to get the shot and make the news and get paid is what the game is all about but what we see happen here goes past that and almost verges on the chasers making the news themselves as well as crossing a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Now the pair are dangerously close to more involved in the story than they’d ever dream of being and the question now becomes are the ready for the aftermath?
With strong writing and excellent characterization, plot advancement and a helluva premise alongside some absolutely fitting interior artwork Oni Press has another strong title that is sure to thrill readers.