The Complete Pistolwhip HC

Matt Kindt and Jason Hall’s breakout crime series returns! This deluxe hardcover edition includes both of Kindt and Hall’s elaborate mystery graphic novels, in color for the first time, along with the Pistolwhip one-shot and a story from Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings!

Ah, the great detective mystery.  I remember being a kid and reading things like Encyclopedia Brown and watching movies like Dick Tracy and loving the “whodunit” stories.  I still enjoy following along as the pieces come together, and got to experience a new adventure with that in The Complete Pistolwhip.

This HC edition collects all of the stories from the series from Matt Kindt and Jason Hall.  The first part opens the book with a one-shot, and then moves on to the main story.  Each chapter of the primary novel adds a little more to the mysterious jigsaw puzzle.  Multiple characters are all being woven into one grandiose scheme revolved around murder, heroism, and loss.  What’s neat about the whole story is that it is all tied together by an ongoing radio play, and in the latter part of the book, a comic as well.

The art style is pretty unique and not something I recall seeing much of, if at all before.  It has a much looser, almost sketchier feel to it throughout the book.  At first I wasn’t so sure about these visuals, but by the end they did grow on me.  Something about them just seemed to flow naturally, as if they just made the story glide along.

I’ve always loved mystery stories like this that reveal little pieces bit by bit, making you think back on earlier parts and realizing how they are connected.  It can be a little difficult to read if you’re not completely focused, as there’s so much being thrown at you.  Otherwise, as long as you can let yourself sit for a while with this collection, it’s a worthwhile use of your time.

For more on Pistolwhip or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.

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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