Friday, June 19, 2015

Comics Friday: Bodies by Si Spencer

From Goodreads:
VERTIGO brings you a graphic novel with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies - all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who's trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014's kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all. 
So the cover here is amazing, am I wrong?  It's the first thing that grabbed my attention.  I love the juxtaposition of the proper vintage lady with the blood splatter.  Even the font used for the text is cool and reflects the various time periods during which the series is set.  The artwork on the inside is no less beautiful.  I have nothing but great things to say about the quality of the illustrations and how much fun this is to look at.  I'll be seeking out other work by Tula Lotay and Phil Winslade.

That said, I was less than impressed with the story itself.  The first few issues had me very much intrigued.  I wanted to know more about the secret society that seems to have its hand in decades worth of mystery and I really liked the characters, especially Shahara Hasan (the modern day detective).  I was super disappointed with the ending, however.  I just didn't think it made a lot of sense and it felt very anti-climactic.  It has a huge build up and what felt like a very small and hurried ending.  The travel through time periods was hard to get used to at first, but once I got into it, it was less of a problem.

I think there are certain readers this will appeal to, but I'm not one of them.  I didn't like the way the end seemed thrown together and didn't make total sense.  I wasn't sure at the end who the "bad guy" was and if there even was a bad guy.  Maybe that makes it more sophisticated, but for me it made it confusing and disappointing.  Not the best I've read by any stretch.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review

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