Mad Cave Studios 2018
Written by Mark London
Illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo
Lettered by Christian Ospina
This is a sci-fi, cyberpunk thriller that will have you questioning reality itself. Detroit, 2055. A nightmarish city plagued by violence and fueled by corruption. Follow Aiden McCormick–Detroit’s most gifted detective–as he tries to solve a series of brutal murders while keeping the dark secrets of his past hidden…
While it claims to be cyberpunk I am not so sure about that but then I am certainly no expert in that realm. I did play and RPG once upon a time that was I guess it was Shadowrun and honestly I enjoyed that where my character would enter computer system though it left my body vulnerable. Right off the bat I am sharing a part of my life that connects me however tentatively to the book and that my friends is how you get a reader involved without them knowing about it.
I’m not sure why the opening was nine years ago but okay we’ll go with that. It seems quite a time distance but if that’s what it took to get Aiden where he is then okay. Still I don’t know why but I was expecting something completely different since it was high end military op. I was kind of hoping that the result of the op would’ve gone a different but that’s not wat Mark had in mind and frankly I am glad that my didn’t happen.
I gotta say I really like the way the book is structured and how easily it flows through the pages. Quick but not so fast as to miss or gloss over anything so it’s got a good solid pacing to it. Interwoven throughout the story is characterisation that comes from many angles and sources and somehow it makes the crazy work. Though I will admit that I cannot wait until it’s revealed how the Sarge, Cabot and Pullman ended up where they do because if that’s what I think it is, trying my damnedest to keep it spoiler free here, then wow what a kind of game changer, if it’s not well if the crazy works don’t fix it.
The major part of the story/characterisation happens when Aiden is in the now and he’s working as a Detroit cop or Detective or whatever he is. The sheer angst, anger and unable to find himself well adjusted is PTSD at it’s finest not to mention possibly survivors guilt. Regardless the story that Mark is crafting here is exceptionally well done and the more we see the more we want to know and the less we know.
Computer artwork interiors may be the wave of the future but I am an old fashioned guy and like my pencils’ and inks though for a Cyberpunk Thriller the colouring effects do stand out more. Also the utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a pretty good solid eye for storytelling. There are some extremely breathtaking views here though and I do very much like the attention to detail that is present here. Personal feelings aside Alejandro does some absolutely amazing work here.
Y’all need to be on this Mad Cave bandwagon because two books right now and they could be any more different and yet share the fact that they are extremely well written, illustrated and basically rock. This isn’t what I thought it was going to be and I am thankful for that then of course what we get is beyond anything I would’ve dreamed of. It completely reminds me of the whole futuristic worn out private dick genre or Blade Runner.
Strongly written, exceptionally well illustrated and the kind of character who is neither hero or anti-hero and is exactly he should be. That is what you get here and it’s about damn time too because this is unique.