Linda Caruso is investigating the murder of an inmate at the Mariposa County Jail. With a short list of suspects who can’t escape, she thought it would be an easy case to solve. However, as new evidence comes to light, she only gets further from finding an answer.
This was a solid issue coming from Arcudi, and goes deeper into how the murder occurred. The writing is strong, and gets you enthralled into the story. It was also nice to see a glimpse of Caruso, before becoming a detective. She had a knack for defusing tense situations, and knew when action was needed. The dialog was good, and made a few character interactions great. The pacing was exceptional, and you can really get the slow burn style of drama out of this.
Toni Fajzula’s art for this issue is okay, and works well with crime-driven story. The characters look fine, except for a few characters who have too much shading on their bodies. The proportions of a few characters seem off, and faces don’t tend to look normal in a few panels. The panel order is superb, and doesn’t confuse you when you read it. The colors look great, and gives the story that dark tone for the title.
Overall, I like the book, but the art could use some improvements. The writing and colors are a highlight of the issue. If you like crime drama, this is a good little title to check out.
3.5 Bullets out of 5