“Number Ones!” is an article series on NerdMerge.com where we sit down with issue number one of new releases and older comics books. Are they worth looking into? Should you skip it? Thais what we are here to help you figure out! Just a quick review to help you with your shopping and pull lists.
I was finally able to get my hands on space themed crime mystery comic Hardin’s Wall. While this number one originally come out on 09/14/2016, I was unable to locate it locally. Fortunately, while buying my weekly comics I was able to locate a second printing of the first issue and was more than happy to crack it open.
When an astronaut on HADRIAN’S WALL is murdered, pill-popping detective Simon Moore is dispatched to investigate the ship’s crew… including his own ex-wife. But if Simon’s not careful, what he finds could make the interstellar Cold War go red hot. From the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed series C.O.W.L. comes a gripping, locked room murder mystery where the secrets of everyone involved are as dark as the space that surrounds them.
The story falls right in line with one of my favorite things, a murder mystery. I am a sucker for a murder mystery and tale in space. If you throw the two together, mix in an old broken relationship and an addiction to prescription pills, you have a detective story I am going to want to read. The writing for this number one helps set a tone, you have a character who is clearly down on his luck and doesn’t want to be wrapped up in any more crap than he already is. When someone from his company tells him he needs to investigate a death on the ship Hadrian’s Wall and it turns out to be that of the man who shot him and stole his wife, his reaction seems genuine. Not a bunch of over the top yelling, but the reaction of a genuinely broken and beaten man. The dialogue is realistic, even in the futuristic setting. People speaking as they would, as if even after all of the advancements, including colonies in space, people do not change. The realistic dialogue makes this an enjoyable read along with the interesting storyline and futuristic setting.
The art in this comic is suiting. It is not a grand artistic statement that causes the art of the book to stand out against other titles, but it is clean, well done, and easy to look at and following along too. The art is great, the paneling and style make it flow and allow the story to move forward without any confusion. The character designs fit the theme of a futuristic world, while things are different, things seem familiar. My favorite set of panels is the opening death. Seeing the visor breaking in space culminating in a full-page panel of the lifeless body floating in space was an amazing way to start the book. Just because the art style isn’t something we haven’t seen before does not mean it is not great and a pleasure to look at. Together the story and artwork together to make an amazing first issue that should be on the pull list of comic readers who enjoy murder mystery and space comics.
To skip the brass tacks, this number one is a good read and the beginning of what appears to be an interesting series. It is worth your time and it is a series that I will likely continue to pick up to see it through to the end.