The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of VICTORIE CITY #1 from IDW Publishing. Keith Carmack writes, Vincent Nappi draws and colors, and Jessi Adrignola letters.

Hektor is a good cop in Victorie City, a town that has seen better days. Crime is rampant and corruption is normal and widespread. And Hektor is running out of patience for all of it. One bad day is all it will take and he knows it, and now a girl has been reported missing. It gets to him, and next thing he knows he’s arresting his partner for taking bribes. And then he meets the true face of evil.

He’s the last good guy in a town filled with sin. And this first issue sets that up very nicely for us. It also sets up (frighteningly so) just how bad the yet-unnamed killer is. This is a story that really shakes up the normal cop/noir tale, giving it a wicked little twist. The art and colors really make that work, too, helping to build the feeling that nothing is particularly clean in this city (except Hektor).

There’s a pressing sense of darkness in this book, and it will likely get darker before Hektor finds the light he’s looking for. This is certainly one to follow.

VICTORIE CITY #1 is available now at your FLCS or at idwpublishing.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )