Beautiful Canvas #1
Writer: Ryan K Lindsay
Art: Sami Kivela
Cover: Sam Kivela, Christian Ward
Colors: Louise Fitzpatrick and Alberto Hernandez (flats), Triona Farrell
Billionaire Milla Albuquerque has a few hits on her list. She’s no stranger to getting dirty, but she needs another set of hands. Enter Lon Eisley. Lon Eisley not your typical hitwoman. Sure, she’s sometimes covered in blood. Has a gun kept close to her. She even has an cool trenchcoat. Something tells me Lon didn’t exactly choose this life. If she did, she sure doesn’t like it very much. With a pregnant girlfriend at home and some past demons, Lon is up to her neck in “overthinking” things. Tie that in with a mission to kill a child and we have a problem.
I’m pretty sure my head was blown off by the end of Beautiful Canvas #1. There was just so much to take in. Lets go down the list shall we? Murderous and spoiled billionaire, possible unsuspecting lover at home, innocent folks getting caught up. Did I mention the past demons? Yea, some of those are past and present. The psychological scars that Lon is carrying around definitely deserves some exploration. I’m sure we’ll get there. It’s only issue #1 after all.
Ryan K. Lindsay has put so much into this book. Hitwomen, aliens, monsters, and a really good mix of characters with their own stories, grudges, and personalities. However, I suggest reading over the book a few times. Beautiful Canvas takes some time to get used to. Sometimes there seem to be parts of the story missing. There’s not a good transition in some of the pages. There is a lot of story to be told, however. Lindsay and Sami Kivela may have something going for them.
I gotta mention the art team. I really enjoyed looking at Sami Kivela’s art. One of the great things about the book. Also, the colors really worked well. The color scheme kinda reminded me of Paper Girls. Not a bad thing, though. I liked it. The blood splatters reminded me of Lady Killer. I really liked that book. Overall, I don’t I saw much that I didn’t really like. Points in that respect.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the first Black Mask comic that I have read and reviewed. I’m sold. If you’re into killers, secrets, and snorting drugs off food, add Beautiful Canvas to your pull list.