Time for another review.
This week, it’s Two Redheads & A Dead Blonde #2. The book is written by Lloyd Corricelli, with art and letters by Alex Cormack. There’s no editor on the book, which is published by Sky Cop Studios.
As always, we’re using the Prince song rating system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
So, as the title implies, this is a murder mystery. The truth of the matter is that this was first a novel written by Lloyd Corricelli, and it was adapted into a comic. I haven’t read the book, but if it’s anything like the comic, I won’t want to. Those reasons will become clear soon.
Basically, the main character is a detective, investigating the death of his girlfriend, whom he just found out was a call girl. He’s independently wealthy, having won the lottery, and even though his girlfriend was just killed, he’s still something of a hound. His brother is the chief of police, and while he’s honest, the main character also has mob ties. Because you need those.
So he’s investigating. That’s really all that happens in this issue.
The writing is so-so. It’s a double-edged sword: the dialogue is snappy, and could be very good. It’s generally realistic. The problem is punctuation and a couple of spelling errors. Maybe a case of the wrong tense used. This could have been fixed by a competent editor.
Alex Cormack on art duties…didn’t live up to his potential. This book is in b/w, and mysteries can get away with that. For the most part, the panels were all close, and I felt claustrophobic as I read it. No panel had the space to really breathe. Everything was in proportion, and the characters were all very expressive, as Alex is known for, but it was also all very dark, even for a b/w book that had no real greytones. Cramped and dark. I wasn’t a fan.
Alex also did the lettering. Unfortunately, he did a terrible, terrible job.
A couple of pages had a larger font size than the others, there were a lot of crossbar I’s, the balloons were too tight to the lettering, sometimes, there were too many single balloons for the panel, or the eye wasn’t led correctly… A competent letterer would have helped this immensely, as would a competent editor. I think a good editor would have done wonders for this book.
It was a fun read, but there were things that could have made it better.
Final Verdict: Beautiful Strang