I saw this comic first announced in the October (I think) issue of Previews, and knew I had to have it. First, it’s by Greg Rucka, whom I have been a fan of since his work on “Elegy” in Detective Comics, finally creating a Batwoman that fans could be proud of. It wasn’t just Rucka that intrigued me though. In those preview pages, I was amazed by the art work of Toni Fejzula. Look at the image below. I wish I had the art terms to really talk about it. My first thought was that it  has a mosaic quality to it, but that’s not right. Mosaic is Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Revelations,

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seen here. Ramos’ cover is mosaic. So no, this art is NOT that. My second thought went to modern art.  The way the shadows and depth are created feels like modern art. After a quick Google search, however, I realize that I’m dead wrong about this as well. This reminds me of Peter Buchman’s contemporary art seen here at the Elisa Contemporary Art Exhibit. Regardless of what the style of art is called, I like it. It’s different and seems to fit the story well.

Speaking of the story, it didn’t take me long to realize that this story, at least in this beginning issue, reminded me of something: Joss Whedon’s beloved and best television series that never made it . . . wait for it . . . Firefly (and yes, the Brown Coats should have won). Maybe it’s because I’m reading Zack Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (A), and Karl Story’s (A) Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, an amazing book. But tell me that Veil doesn’t remind you of River, right down to her craziness. When she awakes, alone and in the dark.

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She’s clearly confused and begins walking and rambling rhymes. It only intensifies from here, and Rucka and Fejzula do a fantastic job with the pacing and rhythm of this section. It could have easily gotten out of control, but it doesn’t. Veil continues to walk and ends up walking onto a city street (think New York where you don’t want to be caught after dark) in nothing but her birthday suit. Yep, buck naked. This of course brings all the wrong kind of attention, and I found myself holding my breath against what might be about to happen. I won’t spoil that suspenseful moment for you.

I didn’t realize until I got to the end of the comic that I was given a bit of foreshadowing  on page six of what was about to come. In the same way that we see glimpses into River’s psyche before we know her full potential, we are given the same types of hints about Veil in this first issue. It’s interesting that I immediately saw this connection, when in an interview with Rucka, he said, “I tend to be picky about the fiction I read, mostly because I’m terrified I’ll unintentionally crib something from someone else.” While I don’t believe this is “cribbing,” I do believe I’m not the only one who will see the similarities.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this first issue of Veil. Rucka can spin a yarn both creative and suspenseful and Fejzula’s art work rivals any in the business. A must read.

Veil can be purchased at your Local Comic Shop or Clem’s Comics & Games website.

Overall Score
93 %

Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula's new comic Veil focuses on an unusual woman who seems more reactionary than proactive and who looks at other with an intensity that hards to miss.

Art 95%
Story/Plot 90%
Layout 90%
Color 95%

About The Author

My name is Dianna, and I hail from the land of the lakes, aka Michigan. My full time job has me running a writing center, teaching writing classes (hopefully soon teaching a comics course), and doing all sorts of techy things, since that’s what I did in a previous life.

At this point in my life, comics are both my passion and my research. I am lucky in that I get to combine my passion into my everyday work. But here at Destroy the Cyborg I get to have fun and chat about what I'm reading. Feel free to chime in on my post, even if it's to tell my how dead wrong I got something.

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