Review: Veil #1
A beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?
Today a new series kicks off from Dark Horse called Veil. The story really defies labels though it has elements of horror and mystery to it among other things. The story is written by Greg Rucka and features art from Toni Fejzula. Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT rounds out the cast with lettering. Veil has been veiled in secrecy since its announcement, but how do things look now that we get a glimpse behind the curtain?
A young woman wakes up in a subway station surrounded by rats. The mysterious young woman who is nude save for strategically placed items and her long, flowing hair, can’t really speak. She starts piecing words together and continues to expand her vocabulary through a weird rhyming word association-like game. As she stumbles out of the subway and onto the city streets, she causes quite the commotion. She runs into some less than upstanding citizens but luckily a young man named Dante offers her a helping hand and a coat. Dante wants to help this strange, naked, and confused girl, but he quickly finds out being a Good Samaritan may have been the worst thing he’s ever done. Who is this girl calling herself Veil? What secrets does she hold?
Rucka writes a quick yet layered introductory story. The first half of the story relies largely on imagery with the lines of rhyming words serving as the only dialogue. There’s a deeper mystery to things that may have some supernatural and occult undertones, but things are as much a mystery to us as the world is to Veil. This balances a fine line of laying out the basic premise while not tipping Rucka’s hand just yet. The mystery hooks you and takes you along for the ride, but it’s mainly a teaser of things that will be playing out later. It’s refreshing to not be spoon fed when reading a comic. That seems to be happening more and more lately. Rucka also takes on a lot of female comic book tropes and destroys them before the final page. This is a truly capable female protagonist who isn’t eye candy. Fejzula’s art is the star of the issue though. There’s an incredibly detailed and beautifully rendered art with breathtaking scenery and big, expressive characters. Fejzula’s style isn’t something you see in mainstream comics a lot, but this issue makes the argument we probably should. I flipped back through the issue a few more times just to soak in each panel. The color pallet is incredibly vivid and takes on an almost graffiti feel. Fejzula gets to really cut loose toward the end of the issue, so it will be interesting to see what he does in the subsequent installments.
Bottom Line: Veil is a story shrouded in mystery, but this first issue guarantees that you’ll be sticking around to see a larger streak of light shone into the darkness each and every month. Rucka hooks you from page 1 and Fejzula’s art is a true sight to behold. 4.5/5
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