A Review: PEEPLAND #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of PEEPLAND #1 from Titan Comics. The story is by Christa Faust & Gary Phillips, with art by Andrea Camerini, colors by Marco Lesko, and letters by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt.

 It’s New York, 1986. Roxy works a peep booth at a place called PEPPLAND. She is visited by Dick, a video pornographer who leaves a tape with her. A short time later, Dick dies while being pursued by two men. Detectives investigating the death pay a visit to PEEPLAND and quickly realize Roxy is hiding something. Anxious to know what is on the tape, Roxy visits her ex Nick. What is on the tape that would cost Dick’s life? Who were the men that were following him? What have Roxy and Nick stumbled upon? Are they in danger now?

PEEPLAND is a part of the initial wave of Titan Comics’ new imprint Hard Case Crime (in conjunction with the book noir publisher). Faust and Phillips’ script seems familiar yet different and quite enjoyable. The pages are very colorful; a nice contrast compared to the dark story that is being told. I’m not familiar with Andrea Camerini’s work, but liked what I saw here. I’m interested in seeing where things lead from here.

PEEPLAND #1 is in stores now or available at www.titan-comics.com.