Dark Corridor #1 (Image)


CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – Character Driven Crime Noir.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

If you like hard-edged crime stories that put you behind the scenes from the criminal’s POV, then Dark Corridor is definitely worth checking out.  Rich Tommaso writes and draws these stories set in the “crime-ridden city of Red Circle”; a noir world populated by a great cast of characters that come to life under Tommaso’s pen.

Tommaso’s art style in characterized by a simple line that is evocative to me of an artist like Daniel Clowes (Eightball).  It’s definitely got a character of it’s own and is not derivative of  Clowes, but I think it will have fans who love it for it’s simplicity and somewhat exaggerated elements and others who don’t care for it for the same reasons.   This has a much more indie feel to it than some of the more “mainstream friendly” comics that come out from Image.  This feels like a book straight out of the back half of the Previews catalog, and I mean that as a compliment, because I think there is a tremendous amount of talent going under-appreciated by comics fans once you move away from the major Publishers, due to a lack of visibility and availability.  That this has come out via Image means a lot of people will see it and try it who would otherwise have missed it entirely.

Tommaso is using a format where he tells two stories per issue that share a common setting, the city of Red Circle.  Beyond that, I can see threads starting to be woven that will ultimately tie things together into a larger tapestry.  The dialogue and characterization drove the stories for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing the world of Red Circle grow.  This has a spot on my pull list as long as Tommaso puts it out and I eagerly awayt #2.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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