SLASH & BURN TPB review ( Vertigo )
a SLASH & BURN TPB retrospective
SLASH & BURN TPB (DC Comics : 2016). Collects issues #1-6 of the Vertigo mini-series.
Si Spencer (writer)
Max Dunbar (penciller)
Ande Parks (inker)
Nick Filardi (colorist)
Travis Lanham (letterer)
Tula Lotay (cover art and original series covers)
I liked this mini-series a lot.
For one thing, I liked the main character. Rosheen Hayes is one of the only female fire-fighters in her small North Dakota town.
She’s also a pyromaniac, although she mostly has it under control, feeding her fix vicariously through the fires she witnesses in the course of her job – and she has become very good at her job, because she has an intuitive understanding of fire, sometimes seeming as though she has a mystical connection to it.
Her obsession began when she was a small girl, orphaned by a house fire. She and the other orphans bond around fire-setting … until their plans inevitably go awry.
Rosheen is an interesting but believable, even likeable main character and, when a killer comes around to finish off the former residents of the orphanage, we want Rosheen to catch the killer.
Another thing is, the crime drama is very carefully constructed, e.g., the plotting shows a great knack for crafting incident and a keen sense of timing. This last is particularly important, since there are two interwoven stories, i.e., the orphans’ story and Rosheen’s search for the killer, and the sequence of reveals is crucial to the story.
The writing itself is very good. I found the dialogue to be believable, as is Rosheen’s first-person narrative is – even when her descriptions of the fires she encounters wax rhapsodic.
The art in SLASH & BURN is very, very good. The frame composition and layout are both pleasing to the eye, the draftsmanship is exacting, and the degree of detail is astonishing. Here again, I sing the praises of the colorist : Nick Filardi’s masterful palette choices really make the illustrations come alive.
All in all, I would recommend the SLASH & BURN TPB to anyone who likes a good story, and especially to fans of crime fiction, whether in graphic format or otherwise. I’d also recommend it to people who read comics for the art.
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I’d like to thank the Seattle Public Library, for providing me with a regularly circulating copy of this title’s print edition.