Comic Review: Shadow Service #1 (Vault Comics)

Gina Meyers is a private investigator. And a witch! From London and Vault Comics, it’s Shadow Service #1. Cavan Scott (Doctor Who, Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle) writes […]

Gina Meyers is a private investigator. And a witch! From London and Vault Comics, it’s Shadow Service #1.

Cavan Scott (Doctor Who, Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader’s Castle) writes this dark and spooky title, casting young Gina Meyers into the shadows in service of clients. She’s for hire, and her talking rat, whether real or imaginary, is her only friend!

Gina’s penchant for social justice with a nail gun started early, as she witnessed brutal family violence. But the addition of magic to her repertoire adds a melody of menace to the goings-on.

Corin Howell (artist, Dark Red, Ghostbusters) and Triona Farrell (colourist, Black Widow, Future Foundation) keep things horrifying and violent. It’s not for the squeamish, no shrinking violet hues of gentle sunsets or morning afters. It’s rather grey and purple, actually. Bodies in the back trunk, and off to the gym for some more fighting. Dynamic, moody, atmospheric, confrontational. The evil hand of darkness and blood flow is awash throughout this banged-up adventure book. Gina must fight tooth and nail to get anywhere, whether it’s a safe place or just another death trap.

Fascinating first issue! If you’re up for dark magic and spooky subterfuge, give this one a try!

Vault Comics, Shadow Service, $3.99 for 25 pages of content, Mature Readers

Alan Spinney

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