Simon Cooke: billionaire playboy, was once a vigilante crime fighter. Now though, he’s packed up his cape and cowl and is struggling to reintegrate into civilian life, while Saturn City – the urban hell hole formerly under his protection – spirals deeper into corruption and despair. Criminals are on the loose, the press is starting to dig into his past, his former sidekick is disgusted with him and depravity and weirdness is bubbling under the surface.
With some fantastic art and design by Piotr Kowalski this book is a visual feast. Panels are well laid out and staged, with some evocative angles of characters and settings which get the reader under the skin of Saturn City and its odd inhabitants. Set entirely at night and bathed in a seedy neon sheen the colours are fantastic too. It’s not the darkness that shows the grotesque nature of Saturn City but the contrast between the shadows and the harsh artificial light that punctures it.
Joe Casey’s script is of a similarly high standard. Each character has a distinct voice, be it the tough street kid vernacular of Simon’s old sidekick Keenan or the efficient businesslike manner of sex club manager Annabelle and a lot of their character comes through in the way they speak. Just as the characters are clearly defined, Casey’s lucid writing keeps even newcomers to this series (like me) fairly up to speed on what is going on. It’s a smart title that addresses one of the aspects of a Batman like character no-one else seems comfortable with; namely the sort of weird repression that comes with dressing up in a costume and punching criminals in the face.
A visually bold and authentically written comic, this looks like it might be one hell of a series. Let’s hope that the old adage is true and that Sex really does sell
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The writer of this piece was: Joe Morrison
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