Vic Boone #1 Review

 

Vic Boone #1

The synopsis of Vic Boone #1 given by Shawn Aldridge, the series co-creator and writer, got me so pumped for this comic that I couldn’t wait to get my virtual hands on the PDF. It states that ‘the series is a mix of pulp detective fiction and drive-in movie/early Hollywood science fiction.’ To say I was ‘pumped’ now seems like an understatement. It’s such a great idea to involve these different eras in one story as, for me, they fit perfectly together; what’s cooler than a noir-esque sci-fi private investigator, right? But as Turf has shown us, having different genres in one story can get a little too convoluted. This is definitely not the case here.

While Turf tried to jump between each of the genres, Vic Boone marries them flawlessly in a union like no other. There are no doubts regarding the setting of Vic Boone, which is that of a futuristic city with 60s tendencies mainly originating from the style of the characters and buildings. The way that Shawn Aldridge manages to assure the reader of the solidarity of the plot and setting is fantastic. Right from the get-go we are utterly engulfed in the story by way of a great opening scene that immediately familiarizes us with the plot and main characters involved. After an introduction the case at hand we are swiftly taken along in only a few short panels by Boone’s narrative, which is typical of a pulpy gruff-voiced character and continued throughout the whole story.

Vic Boone #1 is not all serious, however, and that’s what makes it so believable. The comedic moments interspersed in a hard pulpy plotline work a treat. It is a little shock to the system at first however, but once you regain control of the situation the comedy makes a welcome change to the serious impending murder case and is definitely what makes Vic Boon Stand out from other comics of the Pulp genre.

Vic is presented to us as an extremely versatile character who can adapt to any situation. From snooping around and gathering information to fighting trained guards and outwitting security personnel, while still managing to sleep with his client. Talking of action, the main action sequence seems a little sparse although covering a double-page spread but is not as hard-hitting as expected. That said the sequence flows brilliantly. Also, the implied ‘action’ is done really well too with simple silhouettes and small speech bubbles, which is most definitely not a euphemism. We are left with a great ending, which I won’t be spoiling, that really reels you in as is something that I wasn’t expecting at all.

The interior comic has a great pop-arty look thanks to Geoffo with bright complimentary colors that stand out and draw you in at the same time. This look definitely adds to the list of 60s tendencies that I mentioned before with its bright blocks of color, which also reflect the atmosphere of the comic. When something evil is afoot, green and black is used for example. The simple style and use of color definitely reminds me of Batman Beyond, even some of the layouts nod toward that direction.

Moving onto the cover, which deserves a special mention as V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd created it and it looks great. It employs a simplistic style, with lots of white space and sinister shapes. The overall look of the cover reminds me of a 60s movie poster, with the white highlights and large shapes.

Overall, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I love this comic. It is a great idea perfectly executed. What more could you want, right? Well, more is exactly what I want as that ending I mentioned really grabs you by the throat and slaps you round the face.

It’ll be in April Previews. It ships in June. Order code is APR111200 (Page 316) It was selected as a SPOTLIGHT title. Will also be available digitally through Graphic.ly, Wowio, and others.  Publisher is 215 Ink. http://www.215ink.com

Shawn Aldridge

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