Story/Plot: Sean Wise & Paul Gilligan
Script Ryan Foley
On the Stands:
Helen Killer is the book that has made me take a look at more of the material coming out from Arcana and a new project that will be with another company being announced in
My idea is that the Tuesday post is so overwhelming in its size and the number of books that many comics can get lost in the shuffle, so I want to occasionally do what I’m calling a spotlight review, which will either be a preview of a book soon to hit the stands or one that just hit the stands.
For Penance: Trial of the Century the premise is that a super-hero is involved in a hostage situation and the girl taken hostage dies as does the bad guy who is killed by the super-hero. The police have a “Mask Division” which handles these crimes. Our central character is a Lt. McCloud who is firmly against vigilante justice and is looking to make sure she nails the case against Penance.
The setting is very familiar and I’m sure this is from an old “universe”, but I can remember how old that universe is or if it is Arcana’s work. The Confederate and the CSU and other elements are familiar to me, but again I cannot remember from what books or from when. Also I’m not sure why we are using that “universe” as it only serves as a distraction from an otherwise well written tale.
I like Lt. McCloud and watching her interrogate Penance gives you a good read or how she feels about heroes. Having her have to fend off Parasol, who is a super hero reporter, was also well done. The ending of issue #1 was a group of crooks trying to break into the police station to kill Penance and Lt. McCloud and Parasol posed to defend the station.
The comic reads well, has a nice flavor to it that is half law and order and half Batman/JLA type of vibe to it. Lt. McCloud has a personal involvement in the case as the woman was the wife of a good friend of hers.
The weak part of the book was the art. I have no clue who “Goof” is, but this artist is consistently inconsistent. The first four pages are in a very different style and the artwork on those pages is very solid. Then on page 4 we jump to a sketchier style that at times is well done and other times has some really poor anatomy and some goofy (pun intended) camera angles. For the most part the art does a good job with story boarding the story and shows that there is some real potential, but this work would not be used for anything more then layouts by many companies.
Overall Grade B- A strong story, great Greg Horn cover, okay artwork.