Review – The Depraved: Empire City #1

From AV Comics, The Depraved is available digitally and is part of a 4-part mini-series.

This city is wrong. It’s a terror. A dark empire breeding the Depraved, it’s black knights who do it’s terrible bidding.

A high profile actress is murdered in her hotel room and Detective James Miller is the one appointed to catch her killer and bring her justice. He is a worn down man, a man who fights on in spite of the crushing, enveloping pressure of the murderous offspring of Empire City. Not because he wants to, but because it’s all he has. He fights on, but he’s losing.

This story really lives up to its name.
There is a murder of a famous actress and it looks like the down beaten detective has to find the killer.

I like the framing for the beginning of this story. The radio reports and the murder itself, it works really well. Then we get onto the detective, and we get a good look into his thinking – he’s been beaten by the job, but still knows he has something to do. He’s the pessimist.

There are still things for him to discover (this is issue one after all) and I like the way he and his colleague set up the questions, and the answers. they are putting the timeline together. It’s here we start to get a look at Empire City, and the way of it all. I like the style and the setting.

Then we meet the optimist – and we’re aren’t the only one to meet her, she has her own run-in with the killer, but she doesn’t know it yet.

That links nicely into the final pages of the killer himself. We get a little look into his mind. We’re still not sure on what drives him, but that was a dark final page.

I enjoyed the art in this issue – setting out the city, as well as showing some nice double spreads. The colours work really well and are bright, which makes the darker aspects of the story interesting.

This is a good-looking murder tale, and I look forward to seeing how it pans out.

You can get The Depraved: Empire City #1 digitally on BuySmallPress or DriveThruComics.

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