We check back in with one of the best new series of 2011!
Credits & Solicit Info:
story: VIKTOR KALVACHEV & ANDREW OSBORNE
art: VIKTOR KALVACHEV, TOBY CYPRESS & NATHAN FOX
cover: VIKTOR KALVACHEV
On Sale:December 14, 2011
"STATE OF SHOCK"
Secrets aren't the only things laid bare in the aftermath of a shocking reversal of fortune, while ticking time bombs of suspicion and paranoia threaten to blow a dangerous alliance to smithereens. Love is unspoken and promises are made to be broken in episode eight of the fast, funny 100% cool smash hit series. (But wait! There's more...at www.BlueEstateComic.com!)
When this space took a flyer on the first issue of Blue Estate, we found a greatly energetic and frenetic story that knocks the noir genre on its ass. It's great to know that eight issues in, none of that energy has dissipated. Blue Estate is still the same hard-driving over-the-top thrillride, and it's still so enjoyable.
Visually, Blue Estate #8 is absolutely entertaining. Each panel explodes with color and stylized character drawings, with broad gestures and a dynamic sense of movement. A meeting between heads of two different crime families color this twisting story of greed, revenge, murder, and justice. Narratively, the story luxuriates in the iconography of crime stories. Tattoos, guns, fast cars, sexy women...this story uses every hard-boiled trope to synthesize a frequently surprising modern day noir that's so much fun to read but never feels derivative.
Blue Estate #8, as every issue before has done, throws a lot of information at the reader. Even the recap page is a twisting path of personalities and wacky events that connect them all. It does get you caught up, though, so you're able to jump right into this world easily. The story takes huge steps forward and opens up all new doors. Protagonist Roy Devine Jr., thinks he has the whole case figured out, but with every step he takes, something new comes out of the woodwork to throw the story into a whole new state of flux. That's where the excitement of Blue Estate comes from – it really feels like the creators have an endless supply of ideas. More than that, the story, this issue in particular, is just very funny. The humor is relentless, and is executed in such a way that it actually complements the noir story, rather than undercuts it. Roy is probably the nerdiest private eye you'll ever see, and the tough guys really aren't all that tough. It all just comes together and works, though. Blue Estate #8 is a great installment in what has been one of the best new series in 2011.
Review by: Royal Nonesuch