Monday, May 11, 2009

Past Lies

Written by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis
Art by Christopher Mitten

This is another one of my $1.99 finds at a terrific used bookstore, which lately seems to be the place to go for inexpensive Oni books of a few years ago.

The story is mostly a conventional PI/murder mystery type of thing, with a couple of twists. One twist is that the Investigator, Amy Devlin, is a young girl straight out of college and very new at the business. The other twist is that her client has hired her to solve the murder of his past life. Tim Gilbraight is the reincarnation of Trevor Schalk, a Howard Hughes type who was murdered twenty-five years prior, and whose murder remains unsolved.

It's an interesting concept, and Weir and DeFilippis dive right into it. It does elevate the material, and makes for interesting reading as Devlin works this very very cold case. The cast of characters that make up the Schalk family and their friends is an interesting one, and the book contains a lot of nice character work.

The art by Christopher Mitten is a lot cleaner than his more recent Wasteland work, but also is lacking the dynamics of that series.

This is a very decent read. With the exception of the porn-obsessed brother and a few objectionable phrases, this would have made a good all-ages book, which I think is a market that Oni could easily tap into with this type of work. I've mentioned this before, but I really would like to see Oni publish more books like this.

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