Image Comics. Jun. 2024. 120p. ISBN 9781534397101. $18.99. SF
In 1949, detective Sebastiana Blank is determined to track down a vicious serial killer before he claims his next victim. Blank is regarded as the most brilliant criminal investigator in the hard-boiled city she calls home, but this case has her confounded. She doesn’t know what to make of the strange mixture of blood and an unidentifiable metallic liquid that the killer leaves at the scene of each murder, nor does she understand how it’s possible that the killer has evaded her so successfully for so long, given that she’s actually from 200 years in the future and, as an agent of the Department of Historic Investigations, has access to historical records that should have made the case a cinch to close. Have the records been altered to assist the killer in continuing his murder spree unabated? Or has history itself been altered, and why would anyone do such a thing? The further Blank pushes for answers, the less she’s sure about anything—including her own identity.
VERDICT Weaver (Paklis) merges elements of cyberpunk and film noir in this admirably ambitious, totally engaging sci-fi thriller.
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