The second entry into this year’s Top Cow Pilot
Season hit shelves this week and it provides readers with a bit of a
feminine influence in what looks to be an otherwise male dominated
season. Does the book do enough to win your vote?
Compared to last week’s 39 Minutes, I
think it does. The book depicts, basically, the modern femme fatale.
Author Filip Sablik introduces us to Madeline who can only be
described as some sort of operative for some shadowy organization
who literally uses love as a weapon while giving you cause to
rethink the use of online dating sites. The issue follows the
seduction of local cop Doug who after only a few dates is prepared
to do anything for Madeline. The consequences of this seduction are
quite shocking at the end of the book.
It was interesting that the book threw you into
the middle of a story. Madeline, at one stage, meets someone from
her past and there’s obviously a history there but it’s not
explained. In fact we know very little about Madeline and who she
works for and what their ultimate goal is. It all comes together to
make you really want more, which is perfect for the Pilot Season
The dialogue for the issue was good but at times
it felt like it was going right over my head when it talked about
the biology of the human body and what not. It certainly helped to
make sense of why Doug was acting the way he was but I felt he was
written to be a little too concerned with the whole abuse thing.
Sure he’s a cop, witnessed his mum get beat but it was pretty much
all he wanted to talk about. Also without knowing more about the
tricks Madeline uses Doug’s reaction is borderline unreasonable or
unbelievable. The more you think about it the more you doubt it but
that won’t come till later as you’ll breeze through this book on
your first read.
I liked the art for the most part in this book.
It was that classic clean, defined lines natural looking sort of
book. Madeline is drawn in a way that definitely sells the femme
fatale angle; she’d be hard for any man to resist. I didn’t
understand why, at the end, thought the blood was all black when
earlier they’d made it red. I also couldn’t help but imagine the
fight between Madeline and Erik as part of some bad kung fu movie
with the colored backgrounds and KIA!! It kind of took some of the
seriousness away from the fight.
definitely a more interesting read than 39 Minutes. I am
generally interested in seeing where Sablik will take the story
next. This partly because I want to know what Madeline’s goal is but
also I’d like to see how he’d tackled an ongoing series with the
premise of the book. Would he be able to keep it fresh? Would
Madeline have enough different tricks up her sleeve to keep readers
interested? Who knows, only voting will solve those questions.