If you love listening to radio adventures of The Shadow, The Green Hornet, The Avenger and other pulp heroes of the 40’s, you will love this graphic novel!
I’d heard plenty of buzz (no pun intended) about this mini-series when it was published in single-issue form last year. And I was already a fan of the writer’s pulpy noir illustration style having enjoyed his work in “Batman: The Black Mirror” (2011) and in the current on-going monthly “Afterlife with Archie” (Side note: Great title; Archie meets zombies!). And as someone who loves radio dramas myself, I was eager to pick up the collected hardcover edition. I’m happy to report it lived up to all expectations.
Taking place in 1940’s Colt City (Get it, Spirit fans?), the pacing is brisk, the cliffhangers cliffhanger-y, and the mystery story suitably murk, filled with murder, gangsters and a masked crime-fighter. And that crime-fighter, The Black Beetle? An original creation by Francavilla who synthesizes the cape, mask, and mystery elements of pulp radio heroes into a familiar yet new and freshly entertaining character. Of course, “No Way Out” does one-up the radio dramas a step by providing visuals to tell the story. All together, it’s a perfect package to relive “…those thrilling days of yesteryear!”
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