Writer: George Mann
Artist: Dan Boultwood
Lettering: Rob Steen
Publisher: Titan Comics
Sir Maurice Newbury, the Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, and his assistant, Veronica Hobbes, are on the trail of a kidnapping ring, or so they think. When they confront a group of kidnappers they find there is something altogether more mysterious afoot. Add to it a summons by the Queen, an unusual corpse found by a friend, and a habit of leaping into danger and the duo finds themselves embroiled in a mystery that may prove too challenging for even them.
Newbury & Hobbes stories are set in steampunk London at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a fun read with action, mystery, and science in the tradition of the genre. The story is told from the perspective of Veronica Hobbes as she reluctantly accompanies Sir Newbury on his investigations.
The writing of George Mann is a terrific blend of dialogue and internal monologue that works in harmony with the art of Dan Boultwood to convey a story that moves along at a quick pace without abandoning the setting or the important details so critical to the genres of steampunk and mystery.
Dan Boultwood’s art is evocative of the Victorian era with a touch of mechanical madness inspired by its steampunk roots. The emotions hinted at in the writing are expressed with subtle greatness that conveys the intent in a way that opens the eyes far more than the writing alone could convey.
The mystery and quality of the content makes for an entertaining comic book and I would give this a four out of five stars.
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