Comic Review: High Crimes TP (Image Comics)

High Crimes indeed. High on Mount Everest. Fighting for breath, fighting nausea. High as a kite. High Crimes is the trade paperback collection of the 12 comic issues of the […]

High Crimes indeed. High on Mount Everest. Fighting for breath, fighting nausea. High as a kite. High Crimes is the trade paperback collection of the 12 comic issues of the same name. It’s from Image Comics, and I “HIGHLY” recommend it!

Downhill ski athlete Zan Jensen is on the run. It’s literally all downhill for her; banned from her sport and now heavily abusing substances, she’s materialized in Kathmandu as a climbing guide. In a strange series of events, she finds herself being pursued, and not by sports journalists. She’s stumbled on to the spy secrets of a dying man. And now, she’s running and climbing for her life. The more she learns about this mysterious stranger, the ‘stranger’ things get.

This is a thrilling read. It’s a tightly and professionally written story. Christopher Sebela gives us the goods on the sleazy side of mountaineering and dope addiction. Then he throws in some trained assassins, and an ever-changing, evolving drama. It isn’t a typical comic story; rather High Crimes reads more like a thriller novel.

Artist Ibrahim Moustafa likewise rises to the challenge. How to draw us into this story of sports, betrayal, loyalty, and killing? If it isn’t the altitude trying to kill you, it’s the ‘attitude’.

I have never read such a dramatically strong, well-illustrated thriller. The scenes on Mount Everest are well researched and look convincingly accurate!

I heartily recommend High Crimes. It will give you hours of immersion into this world of cold climate thrills and suspense.

Included in the volume are full page cover illustrations, biographies of some of the early explorers of Mount Everest, and character sketches. There’s also a brief look at how the script was adapted to comic book panel format. Terrific value for the money.

Image Comics, High Crimes Trade Paperback, $19.99 for 204 pages. Rated Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!