Comic Review: Ruby Falls #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Newly released this week from Berger Books at Dark Horse, Ruby Falls #1 is a keeper! Written by Ann Nocenti, illustrated by Flavia Biondi, coloured by Lee Loughridge and lettered […]

Newly released this week from Berger Books at Dark Horse, Ruby Falls #1 is a keeper!

Written by Ann Nocenti, illustrated by Flavia Biondi, coloured by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Sal Cipriano, this title is an excellent read.

It’s ‘noir’ (A French term, of course, for the old 40’s style mystery stories, darkly shaded and scented of secrets and lurking danger), but full of wonderfully coloured images of charming, small-town Ruby Falls. It’s the contrast of beauty versus the beast, that anonymous hidden treachery.

Lana’s grandmother has dementia. But during her few lucid moments, she remembers Betty, a young woman who disappeared years ago from the mining town. As Lana starts to take interest in this dubious story, bad things start to happen. Best let things alone, Lana!

Why is this story special? Because there are additional personal elements intertwined and mingled into the story mix. Because the colouring is so amazing. Astonishing. This is a very carefully thought-out book. The tone, the intensity, the multilayered symbolism and choreography of love and violence. Unforgettable, really.

Dark Horse, Ruby Falls #1 (of 4), $3.99 for 27 pages of content. Assume Teen+

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!!