Review: Devil’s Highway #1
Rosario Dawson is one of those magnetic presences on the screen which pulls you in from the first words she utters. I remember seeing her in the underrated cautionary tale, KIDS. Then I would not see her in another movie until He Got Game. She played Ray Allen’s girlfriend in that movie, in a role, which compared to the roles she has played since is much more than her more sophisticated roles.
In one of her most recent roles, she played an interesting protagonist whose world gets thrown for a loop in Briarpatch. Her character goes back to her hometown where her sister got killed in a mysterious car bomb. The show played up its crime noir roots and utilized Dawson’s strengths. In the debut issue of Devils Highway, we find a protagonist much like Dawson’s character in Briarpatch, who finds out the secrets family keeps, can be dangerous.
We are taken to Drift County, Wisconsin, where a young woman frantically walks into a diner drenched in blood and scared out of her mind, as someone looks to kill her. Three days later, we meet our protagonist, Sharon whose father was killed and she came home to find out exactly why. She would retrace the clues that the police never did, where their due diligence faltered. By issue’s end, Sharon uncovers a serial killer at play, one whose fingerprints are all over Drift County.
Overall, an excellent debut issue which will give readers vibes of Briarpatch, but also, Fargo. The story by Benjamin Percy is tremendous. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, another fine addition to the canon of crime noir.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review