Review: Darkcat #1
There’s something still so magnetic about the movie The Usual Suspects. It brilliantly tells a crime noir tale without the usual classic setting. The story reminded of the type of stories Robert Towne was known for. Smart and entertaining stories involving shady characters. The movie starred mostly unknown actors at the time who would go on to become world-renowned.
Part of the movie that gets every viewer is when you realize that you were looking at the villain all along. It feels like every movie and tv show since has at some point has tried to pull off something similar but never quite the same effect. Bryan Singer pulled off an expert trick as audiences everywhere felt like a fool once they realize what had happened. In the first issue of DarkCat Jonas discovers one such mysterious figure as he’s determined to find answers.
We find Jonas looking for his chance to confront rich businessperson, Javier Cruz, who is the richest man in Argentina, but he holds more than his share of secrets. As Cruz makes a speech, DarkCat makes his move to find out what he is hiding but is interrupted by two of Cruz’s goons, as it seems as though somebody knew what Jonas was up to. As he looks to finally gets his long-sought answers from Cruz, we soon find out that he has put out an arrest warrant for him, which brings the full force of the police with some new gadgets provide by Cruz. By issue’s end, he finds his way to Taiger and The Horde.
Overall, an action-packed story that proves that superhero stories can also be thrillers. The story by Leonardo Figueroa is well developed, smart, and shows worldbuilding at its best. The art by the creative team is simply gorgeous. Altogether, this book serves as proof that when it comes to comics, sometimes the best is from the other side of the world.
Story: Leonardo Figueroa
Art: Emiliano Urich, Max Cereijido and Carolina Cesario
Editors: John Curcio and Luis Luigiman Sanchez
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy