Black Cloak #1
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Meredith McClaren
Letters by Becca Carey
The Rundown: A high profile murder will bring a detective back into a dangerous and powerful world.
The city of Kiros is the last bastion of civilization in the wake of a world-ending war. With the world at peace, problems still persist when two bodies are deposited onto the beach outside the city walls. Detective Phaedra Essex patrols and protects the city after being exiled from the upper class of the city.
When her former fiancé is murdered and the body of the woman he was with is found on the beach, Essex is put on the case. A case that will bring her back to the world she was thrown out of with people, including family, who want nothing to do with her. With a high profile murder case drawing the attention of the locals, Essex will find herself in personal danger as well.
The Story: Thompson crafts an entertaining and intriguing world in this first issue. The story has some great characters and an interesting premise that immediately grabbed me as a reader. I really enjoy the main character and her interpersonal drama and the mystery at the heart of the story is engaging.
The Art: McClaren delivers some fun and entertaining visuals with a great style that plays well with the premise of the story and the world of its characters.