Comic Review: Vindication #1 (Image Comics)

Turn, a young black man is set free from prison, after serving ten years. Harassed by a white cop, Turn is doing his best to toe the parole line. Not […]

Turn, a young black man is set free from prison, after serving ten years. Harassed by a white cop, Turn is doing his best to toe the parole line. Not to end up back in the joint.

Tough going when everything seems stacked against you.

Vindication, written by MD Marie, with pencils by Carlos Miko, inks by Dema Jr. and colours by Thiago Goncalves, gets right to it; conflict from page 1, and continuing to the end. The cop, Chip Christopher, is up to something. Trying to feather his cap, polish his resumé? He’s skating the thin blue line between enforcement and followup, and plain ‘ol racism.

Frought with tension and confrontation, Vindication kind of grows on you. It feels a little clunky at first as if the building blocks of the plot need to be simplified or amplified. And the art is over coloured; that is, it looks murky. Too much shadow, misinterpreted to be adding a film noir look, actually makes the going more difficult. Maybe easing off the dimness would help us navigate what is turning into an interestingly ambiguous tale of multi-layered personalities.

Image Vindication #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Mature Readers

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

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!!