Review: Plainer Jane #1

After a successful Kickstarter, Plainer Jane #1 is now available in print and digitally from Broken Face Comics.

The darkly comic story of Jane Pearson, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl who becomes a brutally efficient killer for hire.

With no training, no special skills, just her own cunning, brutality, and fearlessness, Jane leaves a trail of bodies behind her, ultimately going head to head with the feared and secretive criminal gang, The Nexus, in a war that could ultimately cost not only her life but the lives of everyone she loves.

 A real world comic book set in modern day Manchester.

David Wilburn: (Creator/Writer)
Wayne Lowden (Sequential art)
Tim West (Logos, lettering, print layout)
Ralf Singh (Covers)
Robert Last (Colourist)

As introductions go, this first issue really lays it all out. We get a full-on introduction here and it’s dark and has some excellent storytelling.

Telling the story of Jane, and her for into being a killer. We see in some clever flashbacks how Jane begins her story. It’s a well told story and there are some interesting parts here. Jane’s relationship with her parents and her reactions are well told and add to the character development. There is also those around her. Her friends and classmates also have some development, with some vulgar, but amusing dialog.

Jane’s progression as a killer for hire is well told with her plans and methods. They don’t have their errors though, but Jane will learn from it.

Special mention to that front cover. It has an excellent style with a pop of colour and something hidden beneath.

That leads me onto the art. It mixes a classic feel with some more modern twists, the splashes of colour add to the impact of certain scenes – mainly because they are red!

The art style gives me some real old-school 2000 AD vibes.

In all this is an excellent introduction, that promises more. Not only in the previews of the story arc, but also in this issue. There’s a lot of re-read value in this issue, and it’s something that makes me look forward to seeing the next issue.

You can get Plainer Jane #1 in print and digitally from Broken Face Comics.

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