Review – Ryder on the Storm


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Noir is in and Ryder on the Storm written by David Hine and art by Wayne Nichols is the latest series to hop into the genre and it’s a welcome addition.  The series follows a detective who’s hired to investigate the suicide of a woman’s lover.

From the team that brought you FVZA, a special $1.00 preview comic for the upcoming 3-issue, bi-monthly, miniseries, brimming with elements of H.P. Lovecraft, mixed into a noir mystery.

Ryder on the Storm follows Ryder, a private eye hired by the beautiful femme fatale Katrina Petruska to investigate the horrifically bizarre suicide of her lover, Michael Hudson. Ryder’s journey to solve the case and finish Hudson’s work leads him to discover a truth more sinister and terrifying than he could ever have imagined – daemons walk among us. Now, he must team up with the last daemon hunter, Charles Monk, to take down the cabal of ancient evil controlling the city while struggling to reconcile the dark side of his own nature.

Even if this issue was a few bucks it’d be a buy, but for $1 it’s a MUST buy.  The set up for the mystery and hints of supernatural ties into the story are great.  The characters top notch and pacing near perfect.  This first issue is fantastic in every way and not only works as a comic, but I’d love to see it on the small screen.

For $1 dollar, you have no excuse not to get this comic, especially since it’s such high quality.

Plot: The plot starts off as another noir comic, but the feel of the characters and strangeness of the mystery makes it stand out.  There’s a supernatural element at play and one that should make this series stand out.  I like the characters, I like the plot, it’s a great read and entertainment.  Rating: 8.75

Art: The art is also high quality.  It fits the series and is brutal and gory when it needs to be, but isn’t over the top in that.  We’re given hints this isn’t the world we live in, but slightly different through the art.  A great touch.  The color palette is consistent and fits quite well.  You can’t tell me the spread of the murder scene does give you pause to check it out.  Rating: 8.75

Overall: For $1 this is a must buy, even if it was more, it’d still be a buy.  This is quality all around and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.  There’s a lot of noir series out there and this one does just enough to stand out from the pack.  Overall rating: 8.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 16 pages no ads    Price: $1.00    Release Date: 7/28/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.