Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Michael Gaydos
Lettered by Rachel Deering
Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Published by Dark Circle Comics
Release Date: 04/22/2015
Comic shops with a bit of nous will be encouraging those who speak positively of Netflix’s DareDevil show to get involved with this series. Though Black Hood’s locale of the dark streets of Philadelphia setting is different, it’s gritty dealings of street level crime and its human portrayal of characters bear a lot of resemblance.
Greg Heitinger fall from grace was precipitous, but the constant presence of the media around courts and jails can’t but help an arrested Cop be propelled to the front page, especially when involving both corruption and drugs. It’s the drugs though that make the difference for Greg ‘Black Hood’ Heitinger. Though he took them for the pain of his injuries it’s the drug that took him to wearing the hood.
This issue considers the aftermath of Gregs fall. Swierczynski scatters a glorious monolog(ue) throughout the issue. A necessity as Heitinger’s injury caused his speech to be impeded. We’re with Greg as he starts from the bottom, both in his professional life and in his alter ego as the four words he’s practiced , “Who. is. Above. You?”, try and find the people who implicated him. You feel for Heitinger as you’re with him, experiencing everything as he proceeds.
Michael Gaydos art, coated with Kelly Fitzpatrick’s hues, exudes grit and grime. A permanent duskiness amplifies the atmosphere of the comic. It’s a hand in glove fit for Swierczyskis words, and the final package we’re presented with is a perfect example of modern pulp fiction.