Hey there comic book fans, welcome to another edition of THIS JUST IN! comic book reviews with Adam. This week I have decided to do another Dark Horse Comics review, as this one just kind of fell into my lap (metaphorically speaking). Written by the talented Paul Tobin, with artwork by the absolutely amazing Alberto J. Alburquerque, we know we are getting some good talent from some great creators.
Our story starts off on the streets of London, following the amazingly well known and well liked Detective Trine Hampstead, who right off the bat we learn has some secrets. All main characters should have something interesting, and she absolutely does. She runs a small detective agency sitting on her rug outside on the sidewalk. “All mysteries revealed, Everything Solved (Already), No Questions Asked” is her only stipulations. When asked about the sign, we find out the following page.
This gives us the understanding that she is an extremely respected and respectful person, but she does not want to let anyone in. Understandable in a world that labels individuals who are different from them as freaks, and she is most certainly different.
The story really builds well, and does an amazing job of getting me interested in a new to comic character. Amazingly, I am fascinated by the main character and her abilities, but the main villain we meet in this issue is just perfect. He is cocky, arrogant, and a complete mercenary. He kills all of his victims, but as we find out, he only takes contracts based on whether he finds the target interesting or not. He doesn’t care about the money, he cares about the fun he gets from doing it.
Tobin does an amazing job of giving us a lot of information in a short amount of time. We learn about the character, and her limitations/strengths. We learn the entire premise of why she does what she does, and we learn how it is she became a detective. On the flip side, we learn very little about what drives her decision to want to go to Siberia and research a fully preserved Wooly Mammoth (other than she wants to see the live ones she knows are there).
Alburquerque does exactly what I want him to do with the art. He creates a modernized heroine, who fits into modern society. She used to be a punk rocker, who has since changed her ways, but still has the up to date hairstyle and the piercings to go with it. Overall it is a clean premise, a clean art style, and a clean idea.
I would recommend this story for anyone who enjoys slight mystery books, in which we are given a set of clues and expected to come up an answer. I feel that is how this book will go, and I expect there will be a lot of twists and turns. This one should be around for quite some time, and I intend to stick with it for at least as long as it continues to hold my attention.