by Jeff Lemire, Cully Hamner and Derec Donovan
This is a one-shot from DC, a resurrection of their Kid Eternity character from some time back. I picked it up because I will try anything written by Jeff Lemire, the creator of the divine Sweet Tooth.
The setup here is that the protagonist, Christopher Freeman, was briefly clinically dead, and ever since then he has had an odd rapport with the departed - he can call up the ghosts of the recently slain and have them help him to work out how they died and who killed them (for plot device reasons the ghosts cannot remember the exact moment of their death so they just fill Freeman in on background). This story features Freeman trying to work out how a chubby guy managed to take a pistol shot to the chest in his own home without there being any obvious sign of a break-in or robbery. Although the issue is short, the pacing is well done and we follow Freeman in learning that the dead man is not a particularly likeable character, until the big reveal about how he came to be killed.
This is an impressive comic, well paced within the short space allotted to it, but throwing it a couple of hooks (and a "blimey" ending) that could be further developed if this were to become an ongoing title. The art is nice too, being somewhat reminiscent of the heavy outline cartoony style you get from people like Philip Bond, which serves to humanise the story and downplay any elements of gothic bollocks. Whether there are any further issues is something about which we will have to wait and see.
An inuit panda production