David M. Brown brings us his latest title The Magician which has powered through it’s Kickstarter target and with two weeks still to go on that I was lucky enough to get hold of an extended preview of the finished book.
The story follows Eugene Roberts, an aging but legendary hit-man who has the specific talent that suits his mob employers perfectly. The fear he strikes in his targets and the ruthless reputation he’s built-up over the years sees a brutal opening where the visceral methods he uses on full display.
His skills required for another job and a mysterious gym bag that he needs to track down seems to infect anyone who touches with the kind of bad luck that gets you dead. It’s no real time at all before Eugene has his hands on that bag but things all start to unravel for our remorseless central character and he soon becomes a target himself but who knows how that’ll play out for him.
Gloriously dark humour and unflinching violence paint a very powerful picture of 1970’s America and it has the weight of something like Fargo as the quality of the story and surprising nature seems to just flag that as being a very special release. The black & white art from D.N.S. captures such a moody atmosphere that it’s impossible not to get sucked into the story and while some of the scenes teeter on the edge of being word heavy Rob Jones manages to keep that from happening with some smart lettering.
Go check out the Kickstarter for your chance at jumping on-board this one from the beginning. Keep up to date with all the Fifth Dimensions Comics latest through their website, Facebook & Twitter pages.