A Review: CHIN MUSIC #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CHIN MUSIC #1 from Image Comics. Steve Niles writes and Tony Harris draws.

The story begins in Cairo. A local mystic is caught and punished for using his skills, but is found by a young FBI agent named Ness. Flash forward to Chicago; our agent is in the famous struggle of his career against mob boss Al Capone. What difference could mystical powers make in that historical battle?

Honestly, I think this is a fascinating idea. This is a twist on urban fantasy that I haven’t seen before (not that my knowledge is encyclopedic, of course). I’ve always believed that magic is a wonderful eraser; you can pretty much do whatever you want with it, and it’s a fun way to allow your characters to cheat (or at least bend the rules; hence the final panel of this book). So the possibilities are really wide open here.

Niles is in top form on this one, and Harris’ art has a really nice horror flavor to it. And besides, how can you possibly argue with historical urban fantasy set in mob Chicago? Check this one out.

CHIN MUSIC #1 is available now at your FLCS or by order at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )