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Review: Abbott

As a fan of excellent storytelling, I appreciate it no matter the genre. Who could not love the multiple storylines and endless heart tugs that can be found in Love Actually? Then there’s sprawling and tempered narrative of an All-American family but riddled with bullets and blood in The Godfather. The first Guardians Of The Galaxy was a blend of genres but told a seamless and original story.

One of the few genres that rarely gets the respect it should receive is the horror genre. Although one of its main functions is to make the audience’s collective skin crawl, it still takes readers on quite a journey. Candyman gave moviegoers a rare unseen view of the true to life terrors those who live in poverty face and just how invisible they are to the world at large. Since then, not too many movies since have struck the balance between being relatable and being entertaining, with the exceptions of recent movies Get Out and Sorry To Bother You. This same poise can be found in Abbott where we’re taken to 1972 Detroit and a mysterious series of grisly murders.

We are dropped right in the middle of one of the hottest summers in Detroit, one which sees the tension between the police and the city’s black population come to a boiling point. This is where we meet Elena Abbott, a sharp chain-smoking tabloid black female reporter, whose recent articles revolved around police brutality and  who doesn’t care for anything to do with the Boys Club or the Good Ole Boy Club, as the snide remarks and the way other reporters cut her with their eyes, doesn’t her make flinch, but what she sees at the crime scene does. We soon find out that she had lost her husband to some demonic forces, as these memories of him flood her mind at the most unexpected moments. Soon, she is called to another crime scene, one that reminds her of the evil she seen that night her husband died, something she thought she would never see again.

Overall, it’s a sobering and fresh take on the supernatural genre, that mixes horror, crime noir, period drama, and thriller into a pulse pounding story. The story by Saladin Ahmed is suspenseful, imaginative, and enigmatic. The at by Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Taj Tenfold feels like it jumped out of a 1970s comic but with a new school sensibility. Altogether, a book that proves Saladin Ahmed should write more comic books as he’s a voice that is more than needed now.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie, and Taj Tenfold
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Abbott SC

Abbott SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Price: $17.99

Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family.

Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.

Collects the entire 5-issue series.

Preview: Abbott #5 (of 5)

Abbott #5 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Colorist: Taj Tenfold
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Captured by the maniacal villain who has been wreaking havoc on Detroit, it’ll take all of Abbott’s gumption and latent abilities to escape his clutches and save the city from the encroaching darkness.

Review: Deer Editor #1

When it comes to crime noir fiction, the private eye or the rogue detective usually gets the spotlight. As most of these stories starts with a crime and follows from there, most of the time there are twists. One of my favorite twists is when the same person who is investigating a crime gets framed for the same crime. These twists are what makes this genre so delicious to most readers, as they are usually situations that most people would try to avoid.

Sometimes in these stories, the protagonist usually has someone who helps them, sometimes a secretary, a friend, or a news reporter.   This is even more prevalent in when crime noir gets done in comics. The most memorable one being Ben Urich from Daredevil.  In Ryan K Lindsay and Sami Kivela’s seedy Deer Editor, we find one such protagonist.

We meet Bucky, a hard-nosed investigative journalist, who just so happens to be an anthropomorphic deer who gets called to the morgue about the body of a John Doe, one with some serious implications. The clues lead him to another dead body, this one with even more and with Buck finding out who the assailants are. As he gets closer to the truth, he uses his vast network of contacts to find out the main question “why?” By issue’s end, Bucky gets played as a major plot involving the mayor of the city is at the center.

Overall, a story as hardboiled as any of Patricia Cornwell’s books. The story by Lindsay, is dark, gritty and leaves readers spinning. The art by Kivela, is visceral and true to life. Altogether, a comic which will have readers looking for their copy of Brick, this comic is just as good.

Story: Ryan K Lindsay Art: Sami Kivela
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Abbott #4 (of 5)

Abbott #4 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Colorer: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Abbott has hit rock bottom—no job, no friends, and no hope against the mysterious forces that continue to plague Detroit. But that doesn’t mean she’s giving up.

Preview: Abbott #3

Abbott #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Worde
Letterer: Jim Cambell
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Price: $3.99

Abbott’s investigations pits her directly against some of the most powerful men in Detroit.

Review: Abbott #2

A brutal attack on the edges of the latest murder scene only spurs Abbott further into her investigation.

If you’re a fan of noir/detective tales with a dash of horror/supernatural, then Abbott is the perfect series for you. Writer Saladin Ahmed has delivered a fantastic second issue that continues the mystery and horror as Elena is attacked and must figure out what is going on and who is behind it all. Is it something simple tied to the journalism she’s involved in? Is it something more?

Ahmed keeps us guessing and that’s part of the excitement of the series. He also does an excellent job of setting the mood of it all. Abbott takes place in the 70s so the attitudes of the characters, the speech used, the background politics, the visuals, it all comes together to create the story. It’s not just one aspect that makes this series stand out, it’s all of them together. The details matter and what makes it all work.

That’s especially due to Sami Kivelä‘s art, Jason Wordie on color, and Jim Campbell‘s lettering. It all helps create the mood of Ahmed’s writing. The clothing, the cars, the buildings, the rooms, every detail feels like it’s of the time and enhancing the genre. This is truly a case of art, story, it all coming together to create a stronger whole.

Abbott continues to impress and for those that love a supernatural detective story, this is a must get. It’s a perfect example of writing and art coming together and how you can use a time period to make the story even greater.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Art: Taj Tenfold
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Abbott #2 (of 5)

Abbott #2 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Worde
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Price: $3.99

A brutal attack on the edges of the latest murder scene only spurs Abbott further into her investigation.

Preview: Beautiful Canvas: Collected Trade

BEAUTIFUL CANVAS: Collected Trade

Written by: Ryan K Lindsay
Illustrated by: Sami Kivela
Colored by: Triona Farrell
Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier
112 pages | $14.99

Beautiful Canvas is 2017’s smash hit warped crime miniseries about Lon Eisley discovering the similarities and differences between her job as a hitwoman and her new role as a mother-to-be when she finds out her girlfriend is pregnant.

Going from destroyer to creator/protector is a major swerve, but parents still have plenty of violent and brutal moments to contend with, especially when the world is full of pyrokinetic sleeper agents, animal/hybrid muscle-squads, and one hell of a nasty boss pulling your strings.

From the creative team of Sami Kivela (Abbott) and Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, Negative Space, DC Writers Workshop) comes this gonzo world of future noir, where the story aims to deliver a brutal blow to your heart and piss in your brainpan.

Abbott #1 Returns With A Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced the release of Abbott #1 Second Printing Variant on the same day as Abbott #2 in February 2018. The new hit series from Hugo Award-nominated writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivelä sold out at the distributor level before it went on sale after earning buzz as one of 2018 most-anticipated new comics. Abbott #1 Second Printing Variant features a new cover by Taj Tenfold.

Abbott transports readers to the gritty world of 1970s Detroit, as a female journalist of color named Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes the police have ignored—crimes she recognizes to be the work of a dark magical force—the same force that murdered her husband 10 years ago. As she looks for clues, Abbott puts herself in the crosshairs of a mysterious power out for more blood, all the while navigating a harsh social environment that’s structured to protect the powerful, and prevent access to change.

Print copies of Abbott #1 Second Printing Variant and Abbott #2  will be available for sale on February 28.

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