Point of Impact #1 © Image Comics

Jay Faerber and Koray Kuranel’s Point of Impact, a four part crime drama, begins with the death of a young woman and subsequently follows the investigation through three people connected to her: her husband, an investigative reporter, her lover, an ex-soldier, and her friend, a homicide detective. We see how these characters are affected by her death and the actions it prompts them to take – some being more suspicious than others. Despite jumping from one central character to the next, it’s never confusing, a pitfall which ensnares others often.

Those of you who read my review of Near Death volume 2 will realise Jay Faerber writes ‘good comics’. Point of Impact #1 proves that, if it was ever in doubt, which was why I highlighted it this week in our ‘Wednesday Watchlist’ feature. However, the art alone would have sold me. The combination of the two produces a rare treat; it’s a compelling and credible murder mystery, with a hint of noir – can I have issue 2 now please?

I’ll be campaigning for this as ‘Cover of the Year’. It certainly makes a point and an impact. It also cleverly doubles as the first page. Kuranel’s artwork is staggering – the detail, the panels and the splashes all are rendered beautifully. I’d love to see him tackle Batman as the atmosphere he generates here would be well suited, particularly to a classic Detective Comics tale. I really hope we get to see more of him very soon.

Point of Impact #1 was published by Image Comics this week October 10th, 2012, priced at a bargainous $2.99.

Check out Mark’s 6 page preview posted earlier this week and Stephen’s interview with Faerber posted last month.

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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