I’ll admit it, when I think “Vertigo Crime“, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely not Celtic magic. Be that as it may, the Chill perfectly blends the police procedural with mystical forces in the city of Boston. (Where better?) Severed heads and the bodies they were once attached to start popping up and the only person who knows who the killers are is an old Boston cop who believes he survived and attack by the same killers some thirty years ago.
While I could go on at length, spouting romantic about the attractive format that all of the Vertigo Crime books adhere to, let’s cut to the chase and simply say that the books look fantastic and have great pulp appeal. A former novel writer (that’s words without pictures to those of us who don’t move outside the realm of comics) Jason Starr pens the story, showing an instant mastery of the graphic novel conventions. His partner in Vertigo Crime, Mick Bertilorenzi shares quite a lot with 100 Bullets artist Eduardo Risso on the page. Both liberally borrow from Frank Miller‘s sharp contrast of inky blocks of shadow and light sources Ala Sin City. Yet both artists inhabit a more urban sensibility, modern visuals and a natural cool that perfectly marries the crime genre.
This is a wonderful addition to Vertigo’s new line and a good promise that there is longevity in the series. Highly recommended.