Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics 2018
Written by Darin Strauss & Adam Dalva
Illustrated by Emma Vieceli
Coloured by Lee Loughridge
Lettered by Sal Cipriano
2050 London: The Esthers send Olivia on a heist into the Vertical City--a mile-high tower, the last refuge for wealthy Americans who have lost their country. But there's incredible danger waiting for her on all sides: the mysterious killer from her nightmares, machine-augmented men, the most powerful C.E.O. in the world. And there is also, as it turns out, an even greater danger for Olivia: a love triangle.
After all the events of last issue Dodger is out to rescue Pip on Olivia’s behalf. It is the one regret she has that she couldn’t find him as she escaped. But at what cost is this going to be? Fagin isn’t a nice woman and she runs a tight ship and if Olivia is going to get through this she’s going to have be both careful and wilful. I do like everything that we see through Dodger’s eyes as she finally experiences the hell that Olivia went through and lived with for all those years. It might earn Olivia a tad bit of respect but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I am really enjoying the way that this is structured. The guys manage to create a really nice flow as well as kind of keep this parallel to the source material. I am more than a little impressed by the fact that Pip is going to be used as a bargaining chip and that’s one of two that is currently in play. If Fagin is this bad now I am going to look forward to seeing what she does for the next two issues in this run. While I don’t mind a gender flip story I don’t remember the original excluding or have a bias towards girls so for Fagin to be anti-male in that yeah took me aback a little. That isn’t a bad thing because it keeps me on toes and now I know for a fact that I cannot take anything for granted. So points for this originality.
So as Olivia has start learning the crafts of the trade we are introduced to Fagin’s girls. The crew if you will and those that I guess you would consider the core group. It is a nice chance to get to know the players in this moving forward and to see them in action and get a look at some of the city of London. Also indirectly we learn more about what happened to the United States at least to a degree and overall it has this great kind of ambiance that we get.
The interior artwork here has a wonderful all-ages quality to it. What impresses me more is that the backgrounds being utilised here are wonderfully done. Yes I wish there were more of them being used but that’s okay the level of what we see is really nice, and the Hebrew writing well that just adds something to the mix. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a solid eye for storytelling. There is a great use of creativity and imagination on display as well when coming up with this world it’s tragedy and what it all looks like now and the clothing or costumes you name it there’s a really fantastic look and feel to each individual.
So there may or not be a gender fluid character among them I don’t now but will say kudos if there is. With bad guys galore and an establishment bent on keeping the rich rich and the poor poor things around London are disastrously dangerous. Everything that is being done here intertwines in some fashion or another and all the while Olivia has no idea who she is. The ride has left the gates and it’s rounded the first hill and racing towards the next one the real question is are you onboard or not?