Review: Skullduggery: A Legal Fiction #2

As a fan of crime noir stories, there’s a ton of them on television. The sheer number of shows have proliferated in the last ten years. Turn to any channel and you will find a multitude of shows that have constantly redefined the crime procedural. One of the biggest platforms right now that has been one of the go to streaming services is Amazon. Amazon has been creating original material for the last few years and to some mixed results.

One of the better shows on the platform is Sneaky Pete which functions as a crime noir dramedy about one ca manipulate mistake identity. Another one of the shows that is within the crime noir genre is Hand Of God which revolves around a judge who believes he hears God. This show proves that genre can utilize devices from other genres to tell a great story. In the second issue of Skullduggery we delve deeper into this world where not everything is what it seems.

In the opening panels, we meet Maggie PI, a canine detective who is keen on investigating the murders by the docks. We also catch up with Judge Stewie Sponte ponders how it would be if justice would work outside the confines of the court system. As Stewie in quite an unorthodox ice breaker, decides to introduce alcohol to his court, thereby getting everyone drunk. By issue’s end, we finally find out who is the man pulling the strings throughout the city and who exactly is behind the murders.

Overall, it’s an excellent second issue which gets readers deeper into this world where everyone crosses lines of morality. The story by J.R. Beirens is funny, intelligent, and fast paced. The art by Beirens is beautiful and bright. Altogether, a great installment that gives readers a new spin on the legal thriller.

Story: J.R. Beirens Art: J.R. Beirens
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy