A Review: THE DREGS #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE DREGS #1 from Black Mask Studios. The story is by Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson, with art by Eric Zawadzki, and colors by Dee Cunniffe.

 A homeless man named Arnold awakens to find out he has been out for days and his friend Manny has disappeared. After scoring a hit from his pusher, Arnold discovers that Manny’s “home” has been demolished to make way for retail/residential property. He confronts the developer at a public meeting demanding to know what happened to his friend. He must find out what is going on and who is responsible for all disappearances. The problem is he may have made some enemies… and who would believe a homeless junkie?

THE DREGS is another strong addition to the Black Mask Comics lineup. One of the things that seem to be a standard of their books is the examination of our darker side (or in this case, our society). Nadler and Thompson take classic noir elements and bring them into today with a little twist to them. Zawadzki’s art Cunniffe’s colors add to the hopelessly depressing environment our hero Arnold lives. Intriguing mystery here that I can’t wait to see how it is resolved. This is a book worth picking up.

THE DREGS #1 is in stores now or available at blackmaskstudios.com.