The Blackout Bombshell #1 refuses to deliver monotone characters that simply brood in the shadows.
The Blackout Bombshell is a fast-paced, hard-boiled crime story with a fallible cast that contradicts themselves, each other, and everything around them. The characters have as many secrets and entanglements as the central mystery itself. Writer Louis Southard isn’t hesitant about reminding us that this is set in the 1960s. When you had Star Trek, the ongoing Vietnam War, and the hippie movement in full force. Artist Dean Kotz and colorist Patrick Buermeyer impressively retain the noir tone, even during the more humorous moments. Buddy Beaudoin’s lettering is on point, and if that’s not enough, there’s the stunning cover art by Heather Vaughan.
What’s It About?
We meet private detective Jack Atlas, a “semi-functional” alcoholic, waking up from a total blackout in a taxicab. He’s handed an envelope containing his next case but has no clue who hired him!
Sure, Jack Atlas is your usual “frankly darling, I don’t give a damn” anti-hero, but as we learn more about his past and question whether he has ever healed from serving in the Korean War, we start to wonder if he has any mysteries of his own. Casper Fitzpatrick is Atlas’ law attorney and best friend. He isn’t so crazy about Atlas’ plans to solve the case but also seems too worn out by his antics to refute him.
The first issue in Blackout Bombshell is a witty yet still brutal take on a crime noir. It moves quickly enough to keep you interested and never confuses you enough to put it down. Like any mystery, it’ll have you asking yourself how so-and-so might be involved and guessing all the way. Even though I found myself questioning Jack Atlas’ logic in handling certain situations, it never deterred me from wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Part One is a solid entry for this series. I’m still anticipating that big swing that will truly separate it from previous crime tales, but at the pace they’re going, I’m confident they’ll get there.
This is a limited series from Sumerian Comics out today! Catch it if you can!
Interested in crime stories? Check out Zach Shin’s review of Kill More #1.