Tea Time Thursday: Urban Serial #1

Published on November 5th, 2009

According to ComicImpact’s own resident writer, Dana, I should apparantly be watching the EMA’s on MTV I think the station is. Now I probably should be, seen as though Katy Perry (one of my favourite current pop artists!) is hosting, but regardless of whether she is or not, I am here, and I am writing my Tea Time Thursday! Now that is unconditional commitment if you ask me. I joke, of course I’d rather be here writing up a review of a sound comic, than watching some MTV trash, regardless of whether one of my favourite female pop artists is hosting or not.

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So unfortunatly for those of you wondering where the 4th part of my Punks In Space review is this week, I went to my local comic store today, and found that they did indeed have #4, but I got there and somehow convinced myself that I had for some reason not read #3, which of course I obviously had, seen as though my last article was on #3. How silly I am. But alas, I have a rather surprising good #1 comic here to talk about, and one which I found to be more interesting than the front cover assumed it to be.

Today’s review is of a comic which came out in 2007 I think, called, and is ultimetly about a vigilante ‘Punisher-esque’ style character, who goes and kills people who cannot give him money for one reason or another, and the comic is narated and told from the point of view of someone who happens to witness him killing one of these people who cannot deliver his money. Although in the comic, a few pages are told from the point of view of the killer himself (who wears black shades, even at night, and a deep brown trench coat), and it seems as though he is killing these people for reasons of justice, although as to why exactly, has not been explained yet. This is a story set in England’s very own city of Manchester, and it’s a noir comic of sorts, in that it is a non colour comic, but it does have a slight noir edge to it in the genre respectively. The comic is written by Chris Atkins, and drawn by Ed Doyle.

The writing style is strong, with the solid naration and constructive dialouge, this is something that has been pieced together well, and a conciderable amount of thought has indeed, obviously gone into this first issue.  We see this issue focusing on two characters primarily, the witness himself, and one of the female police officers who calls him in for questioning on the day after this man’s lifechanging event. They have a little intermacy in a new found relationship, which will undoubtedly add to the complexity of the story in future issues, and should lead to some interesting development in both longterm plot, and short-term relations within the issue.

The artstyle as I’ve said is noir, penciled and inked in black and white. It’s a good art style, with some panels seeming a little off in their perspective at times, but all in all, writing and art wise, it is a sound comic book. Certainly one that I want answers too, but apparantly the second issue is a little harder to pick up, if there is a second issue at all, as someone told me that it may well not have made it to a second issue at all. But I shall try and find out!

In toto, a decent comic, one that leaves the reader with great interest to find out what happens next issue. For £2, this is a worthwhile comic, as it has a glossy cover (much like that of some current DC comics, ie, Blackest Night Superman/Titans/Batman). I have tried checking the website that you can apparantly buy this comic from that is advertised in this issue, but this issue is not on the website anymore. So if you are in a UK comic store and are interested in this comic, then ask for it, and see if it is still available!

Rob Andrews
Rob@comicimpact.com