The third issue of the second Hawaiian Dick miniseries follows comfortably in the footsteps of its predecessors, presenting some wonderful private eye intrigue in 1950s Hawaii. This issue continues to follow the life of Detective Byrd as he tracks down some mysterious dealings around some casinos being developed on the islands.
Moore and Griffin are a great team. Where Moore creates atmosphere and mood with his hard-boiled dialogue and intense characters, Griffin presents some wonderfully atmospheric art. Griffin’s art and coloring effectively create a world not long past, a place that’s both exotic and common. His coloring is especially attractive, capturing nicely the wonderful sun-lit charm of the islands while using a color palette that is obviously derived from the fashions of that era. That, along with his wonderfully evocative coloring, makes the comic a joy to read.
My only real complaint is that the issue lacks a “previously in Hawaiian Dick” page. There’s a lot going on in this issue, and it’s easy to forget who all the players are. This obviously won’t be an issue when the inevitable collection comes out, but it’s a definite flaw of the floppy.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the bizarre speedboat crash on the last page means. That’s gotta be a good sign for this book.