Comic Review: Ruby Falls #3 (Dark Horse Comics)

With the third issue of Ruby Falls, we see how the various strands of small-town mystery, current-day simmering discord, and splendid storytelling dovetail into something very very readable. A murder, […]

With the third issue of Ruby Falls, we see how the various strands of small-town mystery, current-day simmering discord, and splendid storytelling dovetail into something very very readable.

A murder, the life uncelebrated, the death unmourned.

Criminals with their pets and guns.

The girlfriend is an exotic dancer.

And don’t go messing around where ya don’t belong.

Writer Ann Nocenti nails it with every scene, every nuance of dialogue.

Visually, thanks to Flavia Biondi (Tenebre, Feral Children, L’orgoglio di Leone, La generazione, La giusta mezura, etc) on art and Lee Loughridge (Fables, The Batman Adventures, etc) on colours, the elements of Ruby Falls stay detailed and compelling. Biondi’s take on the former mining town rings true. The figures move in fluid gestures, the angst is expressed in anger, panel angles and more. Loughridge’s attention to environment colour is simply spectacular. The pale green of the jailhouse scenes contrasts to the red and blue arrest scenes. The yellow and shadowed purple of the market. Colour with a story attached.

Really, I think this title is one of the best of 2019. Sorry to mention that Ruby Falls wraps up with the next issue. Enjoy this one, buy this one!

Image, Ruby Falls, $3.99 for 26 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!!