Created by Devin O'Leary and Jason Waskey
Think rain, darkness, shadows, betrayal, murder. In this moody, dark, almost Kafkaesque graphic novel, heavy on atmosphere (albeit rather short on actual plot) private detective VINCENT DRESSLER wades through a lot of pithy, hardboiled quips, similes and metaphors while trying to find a missing girl. it all takes place in an unnamed city/police state divided into a red sector and a blue sector. There's a weird sorta 1984-ish vibe, coupled with a real love of 1940's-era noir films. Even Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo. But a love of subject matter, and a few inside jokes, just aren't enough. The slim framework of the plot collapses under the weight of the nod-and-a-wink pretensions. A good try, but it's been done better.
The book's saving grace is the mostly black and white artwork, done in an impressionistic, darkly-evocative style, in what looks like oil pastels. the plot may not be much, but the artwork is worth the price of admission.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.