“Veil” is a beautiful book soaked in mystery and subdued neon. The characters are bold with poetic and haunting dialogue it’s the type of book that pulls you into the abyss of human behavior. Centered on a enigmatic girl who wakes up in the subway with ridiculous strength and a constant rhyming ramble. Its goading is irresistible.
Thank you, Scott Allie. We can now breath a sigh of relief as Greg Rucka has his first project from Dark Horse. “Veil” is amazing. The book simultaneously evokes an eerie sense of wonder and dread. As you witness Veil wake up and wander through the city you feel her plight. Almost everyone she encounters sees her as an object, except for Dante, her knight in shining cornrows.
Together they begin a journey into the very nature of Veil’s existence. Who she is and what she’s capable of are only briefly teased in this debut issue. It’s enough of a taste to engage the mystery. She’s dangerous, beautiful, and oddly entrancing. It’s a recipe for certain disaster.
Toni Fejzula’s art paints the whole ordeal in a bold and alluring style. His art has a dream like quality that is soaked in soft neon. Every panel looks like a stained glass window. He uses hard edges to create texture and detail. Everything feels beautifully dreamlike and inviting. Which only adds to Veil’s magnetism. This dream like quality is applied to the most unsavory of neighborhoods. Everything that happens in this first chapter is soaked in vulgarity. The environment is threatening but inviting thanks to the color. The characters are vile, but seductive. You feel like Veil, lost in the wild tapestry of colors and unsure of who to trust. You almost want to stand still to take it all in.
Once you look into Veil’s enormous warm eyes its impossible not to fall in love. You’ll join Dante in wanting to help her. Rucka reminds us that this siren is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s not just an object, she’s a person, and she’s capable of great things. She’s lost, seemingly in her own mind. Rebuilding to who she once was. I’m afraid of what she might become, but entranced at the same time. I can’t wait to see what comes next, and gaze upon Fejzula’s incredible work yet again. There is such symmetry between the art and script that I’m already dying for the next chapter.
“Veil” has the perfect combination of art and story. One could not exist without the other. Together Rucka and Fejzula create a waking dream centered on a captivating and mysterious character. It’s tightly paced, hypnotic, and impossible to read once.
Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.
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