Last Stop on the Red Line #1 sets up a very interesting supernatural murder mystery but at times is incomprehensible. Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.
Writer Paul Maybury delivers a very atmospheric debut with this first issue. The supernatural thriller nails the tone and feel it’s going for. Unfortunately at times the comic is also a bit hard to understand exactly what’s going on. As it progresses that’s less of an issue but for half of it, the comic feels like you’re missing something. That’s the biggest issue with Last Stop on the Red Line #1. While the debut nails what it’s going for, it also doesn’t quite work at times. The issue feels like it’s a slice of the bigger narrative. The story would be stronger being read in one sitting instead of single monthly issues. This may be the case where the whole is stronger than the individual parts.
When it comes to its tone and genre, the art by Sam Lofti with colors by John Rauch and lettering by Adam Pruett enhance the experience. The art is at times haunting delivering a trippy horror experience. The use of color enhances that. Visuals at times have a 60s/70s poster quality about them. That experience though can create confusion. You wait for an explanation pages later leaving you to wonder what you missed. It also forces you to go back and read pages again while still confused. The visuals don’t add to the narrative, they muddy it up. It’s still great to look at and captures the tone and genre quite well.
Last Stop on the Red Line #1 is an interesting debut issue. For those who really enjoy a supernatural thriller, it’s one to pick up. The fact it’s being released as a monthly comic seems to hamper the debut. This is a case where the trade may be the better read so it can be enjoyed in one sitting. I hate to say trade wait but this might be one worth doing exactly that.
Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lofti
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Adam Pruett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review