NETHERWORLD #1, the latest collaboration between Image Comics and
Heroes and Villains Entertainment, sets the stage for an intriguing
thriller focusing on a bounty hunter and a not-so-missing girl.
Ray Parker, no relation to the singer, is the bounty hunter and
spends his days trying to make an honest buck tracking down
criminals and other assorted scumbags. He may not play well by other
people's rules but he does follow his own. Here we see him faced
with breaking them when he's offered a job he just can't refuse.
Things quickly get dangerous for Parker as he finds himself mixed
up in a rather complicated situation that only gets worse by the end
of the issue.
The main character here reminds me a lot of Harrison Ford in Blade
Runner. He comes off not only as a tough guy but also as a thinker.
Delicately, he skims the edge of the initial proposal and he shows a
great deal of contemplation when things start to get a little too
Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin present a story that begs for
attention. It's obvious that there's something more going on here
than what they've revealed. What we have so far is a nice
suspenseful adventure that teases with just enough hidden motives
and weirdness to keep the book interesting. Meanwhile, we're tagging
along with Parker as he navigates his way through this urban web.
The art by Tony Shasteen is remarkably suited to the comic but the
real highlight is how well his scenes are accentuated by the
colorists. Dave McCaig and Lee Loughridge did an outstanding job of
providing the right level of ambiance. The buildings and city life
fit perfectly. Together with Shasteen's lines they create a
believable setting that helps to solidify the mystery that unfolds.
Playing much like a film on paper, NETHERWORLD looks to be
something that folks who like non-superhero tales will surely enjoy.
I suggest checking it out.