Written by MD Marie
Pencils by Carlos Miko
Inks by Dema Jr.
Colours by Thiago Goncalves
Letters by Troy Peteri
THE DEAL: On the day Turn Washington is released from prison after a wrongful conviction is overturned, one of his former jurors winds up dead – and it’s exactly what Detective Christopher was hoping for. Which one is the cat and which the mouse, however, is still up for debate.
THE GOOD: Art and colours are wonderful in this day-in-a-life mystery; it reminds me of Sean Philips’ work on Ed Brubaker’s various series, particularly Fatale and Kill Or Be Killed, with its dialogue close-ups and emphasis on the flow of action. The dialogue is crisp, and each character has a voice of their own right from page one, suggesting a strong vision of where things are headed. The mystery at the heart of the story is given focus in a very unique way as well: while the plot seems to revolve around Turn Washington, a man who claims to be wrongfully accused, he isn’t seen again after the first four or five pages. It’s made abundantly clear that the man responsible for putting him away has more than mere justice on his mind too, but it’s hard to pin down his motivations, or why Turn is such a focus for him beyond the obvious markers of race and the assumption of guilt that comes with being a former prisoner. For a first issue, Vindication asks all the right questions and gives very little away.
THE BAD: As I said, it gives little away, but it does throw a lot at you, and none of it gets resolved by the end of the issue. It’s not enough to lose my attention, but I haven’t got much of a handle on who anyone is or what they’re about. Obviously, this is a mystery, so you can’t expect answers out of the gate, but a little more insight into the circumstances that led to Turn’s conviction and the detective’s obsession with him would go a long way in the early stages, especially with the events that unfold in rapid succession in a mere thirty pages.
Regardless, I’m still intrigued, and I’m certain that with a powerhouse like Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, The Tithe, Postal) as a co-creator, this won’t be a dud.
3 stars out of 5
Check out Vindication at https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/vindication-1-of-4