[Comic Review] The Black Beetle #1
That pretty much sums up this series, and this title, put out by Dark Horse Comics. The title and the man behind it, one Francesco Francavilla is one part genius, one part artist for a total of three parts stupendous. For once, I have to admit I’m a fanboy…and it’s not a “classic” title that has garnered my admiration. It’s something new and completely fresh. If you haven’t had the opportunity…and yes, I mean opportunity…to have been given a chance to read this title…you have no idea what you’re missing.
I have been a fan of pretty much anything with a “noir” feel to it. Dark Horse and Francavilla seemed to have timed this title at just the right time, as that artistic/literary taste of mine hadn’t been filled in some time.. Piquing my interest with The Black Beetle #0, (collection of shorts released previously in Dark Horse Presents), I couldn’t wait until The Black Beetle #1 hit the shelves. So much so that I didn’t want to wait to see how the title would pan out before I added it to my pull list.
But…enough drooling and down to business. In The Black Beetle #1, we see the first in a four part series that has our hero…or rather masked vigilante…out to bring down two of the local La Familia families in Colt City. However, it appears that he is not the only one, and his carefully lain out plans were disrupted as another was one step ahead of him, killing the two men in question via an explosion just as he was swooping in to deliver his own brand of justice.
Thus, we are led on a bit of a chase, only to wind up in Colt City’s heavily fortified prison and still the nemesis that had foiled the Beetle’s plans has struck yet again.
This book is put together great. The art. The writing and dialogue. It all works together and breaths with an air direct out of the era it’s meant to be set in. I simply love it. Francavilla has outdone himself and I hope this will be a series that will be around for some time to come.
Do yourself a favor and pick this title up while you can (from what I understand, it sold above expectation), read it…then read it again, taking in every panel as you go. For once, it may finally be a title you won’t regret investing your time and money in.
Rating: 10/10 Gingered Digits.
Reasoning: Artwork (22), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (2/2), Story (2/2).