Night Owl Society #1

Writer: James Venhaus
Art: Pius Bak
Lettering: Marshall Dillon

David is a loner at St. Cuthbert’s School, but he has a plan to uncover a mystery that happened within it’s walls. But he needs help, so decides to recruit a computer geek, a thief, a jock and his girlfriend. David has a plan and needs these kids help to uncover the mystery and the crime boss behind it. David has always been a loner and even the students he recruits didn’t even know they went to the same school, he has been attending the school for six years. As you read through the comic you wonder what is going on, not much is revealed, but it end on a high and surprise.

This is definitely a motley crew story, in a school setting. They don’t have superpowers but they decide to take a very big crime in their own hands. I have a feeling they all have a need to solve this crime, David just asked them a couple of questions and they gladly went along. They all feel the sense of justice, which may be one of the reasons they get together.

James Venhaus does a good job introducing the characters; the setting is laid out, but not much is given away. We know, by the end of the comic, who David is and his family life but we don’t know much about the supporting cast. This is a three part series, I am looking forward to Venhaus expanding on this storyline.

I love the style of Pius Bak’s style in this comic, it is like sketchings you may find while a designer is laying out an idea for an outfit. I found it quite refreshing, I felt like I was looking over his shoulder as he sketched away creating the characters and the scenery. The colors are very flat, same colors are used throughout, it almost gives it a noir feel. It was a different look that I have seen in comics lately, I enjoy this style.

I am looking forward to reading this complete series, it is suspenseful and a nice break from superhero comics.

Art: 4 stars
Story: 3
Writing: 3

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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