Art by Tyler Jenkins
This book might open with a chick holding an Uzi spraying the criminals she hopes to kill but firmly in every caption is her motivation. From the outset, this is a tale about a little girl loving her father and not really knowing how to show it. She wants his love, she wants his attention, and you get the feeling she wants to end up just like him even though she knows he’s not perfect in the full view of the world. He’s just perfect to her.
We don’t see the father initially and this makes you wonder. What sort of man is she working to impress? He doesn’t need to be the most impressive man in the world, he just needs to be enough to be the only man in the life of his little girl. We cut to a flashback that not only delivers the man, but it also serves up the defining moment.
This legacy of blood is what drives Angela. It becomes her sole reason for being, which is quite sad. It’s not her fault, and it’s not her choice, but she bears this cross anyway. Even if she is the second choice, and always will be. You can’t compete with the dead, they always win. So she does her best, that’s what family means to her. If only she’d been offered an alternative.
Angela becomes her father. Her mother is shunted out of the picture, which is a real shame. The girl’s last chance at feminine survival is lost. Though, would she have ended up like her mother and just married a man like her father anyway? The question of fate is like the ouroboros, it gets you in the end.
Tyler Jenkins has a scratchy style that works in some panels but not so much in others. His characters hold emotion in their lines but no depth in their substance. It’s like we’re seeing them through filters, perhaps only at their real levels. His action is usually well paced and his moments of violence resonate with a brutal quality that keeps you glued to the page to find the next depraved step.
It is the use of colour where Jenkins shows his true skills. The textures and shading of each scene brings forth the real underlying feelings of the characters. Jenkins uses the hues of the background to show readers how these people are feeling. There’s a lot of red, understandably, and so when we get a yellow scene, or green, then we feel differently. It’s like we can unclench for a moment, relax, and recharge in preparation for the next moment.
Verdict – Buy It. This book is quality crime with a hard edge and a sharper blade hidden behind its back. The characters have such emotional journeys and the plot moves these feelings of inner turmoil and familial intertwined fate toward a death soaked conclusion. If you’ve enjoyed Wiebe’s work from Image on The Intrepids and Green Wake then you’ll be interested to see this OGN, which is an earlier work finally released. You can see the writer forming himself on the page and becoming what we know him as now, a bestselling writer with a great future ahead of him. Pick up this book and prepare to be blown away.
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