Image Comics 2017
Written by Greg Rucka
Illustrated by Leandro Fernandez
Coloured by Daniela Miwa
Lettered by Jodi Wynne
This is a fairy tale of blood and bullets. It is the story of two women and three men who cannot die. Mostly. Their names are Andy, Nicky, Joe, Booker, and Nile. Joe and Nicky have been kidnapped by a piece of shit named Merrick. Merrick was helped by an ex-CIA agent named Copley. Andy, Nile, and Booker know about Copley. Once they know about Merrick,
Merrick is going to be in a lot of trouble.
Well well well, holy shit and goodnight grace because this was something else. Well I was kind of expecting it but not in this manner. I mean we knew that Copley set up the team but we didn’t know why or how he knew to do it. We kind of met his benefactor and his reasoning for wanting to capture some alive well no matter how misguided is understandable. However with all that I didn’t think things would progress this quickly. I really thought with the addition of Nile this was going to take a bit longer to play out.
That is was Greg does though he constantly surprises us with what he’s going to bring to the table. I love that we need to expect the unexpected where his stories are concerned. Plus it’s not just the story here it’s the level of characterisation as well as the structure, plot development and story advancement. All of it is so masterfully on display here that’s it’s truly a joy to see how it unfolds through its twists, turns and myriad of non-linear thought.
I’ll admit that Leandro’s work isn’t the first thing i’d gravitate towards when looking for work to inspire me. It’s very plain to me and though I prefer to see a much more detailed look with cleaner, tighter linework. This is very comic strip like and relies heavily on shading to get across it’s mood. Still it seems to work very well with Greg’s story. The flow of the book is nice and there’s one manic scene that manages to stand out like it so very much needs to. The use of angles and perspective are handled well. Oh and thanks for the peen because too many are afraid to show it.
This issue gives us a nice look at the trials and tribulations of living for as long as some have. Andy’s life has been very different than many would expect it to be and exactly like it should be. This look at Andy and seeing her through Nile’s eyes is actually extremely interesting. Yes there are other factors of this book that stick out and that we should pay close attention to but for some reason the personality and the way Andy is shines incredibly bright through what we see.
Oh yeah our crazed, obsessed pharma bad guy is delightful and seeing her personality erupt like it does this issue is extremely well shown. I mean we already knew that he was the villain here that was never a secret but how utterly cuckoo for cocoa puffs he is well that’s another thing entirely.
Entertaining, thrilling and surprising this is what we really want in our comics.