Source Point Press 2019
By Dan Dougherty
with Colours by Wesley Wong
An attorney is given a curse from a mysterious prisoner that allows her to kill anyone instantly with just a touch of her hand... but only if they're evil. Her whole life is turned upside down in an instant as she is forced to question what evil is, who she can trust, and her own sanity. Get ready to meet a hero unlike anyone you've ever seen, and forgive her if she doesn't shake hands.
I love working with Source Point Press and I love the fact that Dan sent this to me and asked for a review. I also love the story already and this is literally unlike anything else you will have read before. So as we started this story and things got underway we meet Ada, a lawyer who does her job and does it well. Sometimes she does it all too well and the guilty go free but that's not her problem now is it, this is what she's paid to do. Not ask if they are guilty but to defend them and make sure they are not found guilty at trial. She does have something of a conscious however and you can see how plays on her mind no matter how hard she tries to deny it.
The story & plot development that we see here as the sequence of events unfold and how the reader learns information is exceptionally well done. I mean there is a great way that the characters in this story are introduced to us and that natural feeling of those entering her life find themselves going to be playing roles much different than any of us might have to thought to expect. Like her boss who is dying and is on oxygen and what he brings to this story and I believe that there are no coincidences in life and him sending her to a see a client of his was intentional. The character development is utterly amazing to see. We meet these folks and they all have their personalities pretty much established so it has this feel of starting a new show on the telly. So it will be exciting to see them grow and evolve over the course of this book. With the pacing here we these twists and turns that affect how the ebb & flow of the book. However everything we see here showcases how the structure of the book and how beautifully it's done.
I really like the interiors here. The linework we see is nicely done it shows a strong steady hand with crisp clean lines and with the varying weights brings about a fairly good level of attention to detail. The work on the faces and facial expressions not to mention how we see the body language do great things for the characterisation that words alone cannot do. I like how we see the composition inside the panels here and the utilisation of the backgrounds so that they bring us depth perception, scale and a sense of size and scope to the story. When she's walking down the stops of the courthouse is a perfect example of this. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a really strong eye for storytelling. I like the colour work we're seeing as well. How we see light sources being utilised and how the different hues and tones within the colours are utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadows is impressive to see.
This story is like someone took Law & Order and mixed it Supernatural and there we have it. This is full of real world dilemma's that aren't easy to answer as well as complex layering allows Dan to really delve into the nature of the human mind in ways that appear exploratory and near scientific and less to do with judging people or preaching. This is why I love Source Point Press, they have a great eye for talent and books that deserve to be put in front of the masses. So order this from your shop, subscription service or find them at a convention near you.