The wonderful detective series by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks continues with another interesting issue.
A cult leader, Peter Dermot, has been brutally murdered, and Detectives Harker and Critchley have no shortage of suspects. Is the cult leader’s murderer his lover or a researcher into the cult’s practices? Could the murderer be one of Dermot’s several worshippers, or his bookseller, or someone else? In a terrific two-page spread, Harker and Critchley interview many of the suspects.
Each has a reason to murder Dermot, but each also has a reason not to do so.
Coming out of the interviews, the Detectives get what seems like an important clue. But is the clue a blind alley or a chance to gain a break in the case?
I’m finding myself deeply interested in the mystery that Gibson and Danks are presenting in this comic. The story can go so many different ways that I keep finding myself looking back on the three issues of the series that have appeared so far, looking for small clues and insights in the margins into the murderer’s identity. Can the mystery be solved in the facial twitch of one of the characters, or in the unease of another character? Is the key clue hiding in some background detail, some seemingly-insignificant moment that will later become significant?
Because this shows all appearances of being one of those comics that plays fair with the readers, that put everything out in the open and asks the reader to play along with the Detectives. The problem, if it is a problem, is that Vincent Danks’s art is so full of detail of both personality and place that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.
That much is alluded to in the scenes that conclude the issue, a conversation the two Detectives have in a London pub that tells the reader as much about the inner life and intelligence of the Detectives as it does about the case they’re working. It’s wonderful to be able to almost see the gears at work in the two mens’ heads as they try to get some insight into the case.
I can’t wait to find out who the murderer is, but at the same time
I’m loving the ride that Gibson and Danks are giving us readers.
For more on Harker, visit the creators’ website.