COMIC REVIEW: White Suits #1

Spinning out of a successful debut in Dark Horse Presents, Frank Barbiere and Toby Cypress bring The White Suits to a proper miniseries. In an action-packed noir story, Barbiere and Cypress take a simple idea and build up a violent, bloody mythos around it.

Mysterious killers dressed in white, they savaged the Cold War Russian underworld—then disappeared. Now they have resurfaced in New York, leaving a trail of dead mobsters. In this bloody wake, an amnesiac and an FBI agent search for the answer to a single question: Who are the White Suits?

Frank Barbiere is able to take one simple question: “Who are the White Suits?” and quickly builds an interesting and deep mythos around it. Using a narrator who’s every bit as confused and unknowing as the reader, Barbiere build mystery and suspense while firmly hooking the readers. I don’t know who the White Suits are yet, but I know I’ll be around to find out.

Toby Cypress’ art is quite stylized and fits the noir feel of the comic perfectly. The largely black/white coloring scheme works well for the story, and only gets better as the splashes of red and other colors accent the art and story even more. Some might call the style “rough”, but it works so well with the action and mayhem that populates the pages of White Suits.

White Suits is one of the more surprising debuts of 2014 so far. Both creators have some quality works attached to their names, but this is something more than expected. This might end up being one of the best minis of the year and you shouldn’t miss out.

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Rating: 5/5

Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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