Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Broken Frontier Reviews Pilot Season: Murderer #1

Broken Frontier's Steven Surman is still trying to recover from the shock and awe of the fourth season finale of Dexter, and every little distraction helps. Robert Kirkman’s Murderer #1 is among the more successful stories keeping him occupied; the tale is skillful enough for him to appreciate the motives of a killer while creative enough to introduce a crafty “what-if” scenario that toys with the imagination.

Admittedly, he's not familiar with the work of Kirkman outside of his role on Ultimate X-Men, a stint that caused him to quit the book. He's heard wonderful things about The Walking Dead, but have yet to pick up the first trade. Which makes the premiere issue of Murderer his latest Kirkman foray after a few years, and he's pleased to say it was a pleasant experience.

The first issue of Murderer is a fun and worthwhile read that’s accessible to anyone. Kirkman handles the psychic sequences with savvy care, allowing them to unfold calmly like diary entries (wholly complimented by the fine lettering of Troy Peteri) until they explode into visual violence. The art of Nelson Blake II is light and fun; it’s not stylized to emit a dark mood, but rather follows a traditional comic structure familiar to standard mainstream comics. This is not a gory or gothic book, but rather a fun and inviting one worth the cover price.


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