Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Marcos Martin
Colors by Muntsa Vicente
Digitally Published by Panel Syndicate
Release Date: 06/19/2014
The wait is over! Today marks the release of The Private Eye #7, the digital comic series from Panel Syndicate available exclusively online. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y the Last Man), illustrated by Marcos Martin (Daredevil), and colored by Muntsa Vicente (She-Hulk), The Private Eye is set in a future where American society must deal with a world without internet because of a catastrophic security breach of “the cloud”. It is a beautifully written story that is part science fiction, part crime drama.
The last issue saw P.I. and Raveena tracking down Taj’s suspected murderer and stumbling upon a group of revolutionaries’ intent on bringing the internet back online. They find themselves breaking into the house of Michael Mikimoto, who goes by the legal alias of Nebular, setting up an ensuing confrontation when a car arrives.
The issue starts off with a touching flashback to when P.I. first met Melanie, who in present time has been kidnapped because of her association and involvement with P.I. and is still recovering from serious injuries sustained from a car accident. Needless to say, this issue is jam-packed with action and suspense. As our story progresses we also see an exhilarating car chase accompanied with a shootout that just explodes all over the digital pages, thanks to the incredible work of Martin and Vicente. The writing remains at a high quality thanks to Vaughan who is unquestionably a proven master story-teller at the top of his game. The humor is well placed giving the story a lighter feel at times with comedic performances by all (but especially Melanie and Gramps), and balances a script that is becoming more frightening, violent, and dangerous as we inch closer to the end.
I first started reading this digital series back in January and immediately was engrossed by its characters and story. I quickly caught up by purchasing the first five DRM-free issues at panelsyndicate.com, where the reader can purchase the digital comic in three different formats, in multiple languages, and at whatever price the reader deems fair (you can read my review of issue six on Comic Addiction). There are very few comics that bring me as much joy as The Private Eye, as the method that this creative team produces and delivers the story is both unselfish and rare in the comic book industry today.
REVIEW: THE PRIVATE EYE #7
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)