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"Dame from the Dark" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by TKO Studios

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Written by Rob Pilkington
Illustrated by Kit Mills
Lettered by Ariana Maher
2021, 24 Pages
Comic released on March 1st, 2021

Review:

It takes some skills to be a private detective. Tommy has a few of those, but he also has some help from Eva, his partner of sorts. She just so happens to be a ghost. The two are working a missing persons case that's taken them to a magician known as “Le Samson Fantastique.” You can tell by the name that this guy is a douchebag. He needs someone to straighten him out, even if they come from the underworld.

Dame from the Dark reads like a pilot for a new series. Since this is a short, that could very well be the case. Tommy and Eva are this unlikely duo thrown together not out of love, but out of happenstance. Eva will help Tommy with private eye work and he'll help solve her murder. Seems like a nice match, if they can figure out how to get along. They're not quite on the same page yet.

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Writer Rob Pilkington drops just enough information for us to fill in that backstory while keeping the focus on this missing girl case and the dopey magician. There are these seemingly throwaway lines that provide a ton of context to the relationship between Tommy and Eva. It's this kind of stuff that will have you clamoring for more from these two.

The tone in Dame from the Dark is perfect modern day noir. The bright lights of Hollywood are muted up in these hills, creating ominous shadows to hide in. I love how Eva is presented in black-and-white while everything else around her is a normal color. Yes, she's a ghost, but it also looks like she was ripped right off the silver screen. Artist Kit Mills does some great work here.

Most of the time, Eva looks fun, like life...or rather death...is all a joke to her. This changes when things get serious and she has to slap some sense into Tommy. That bubbly nature fades away as she reminds him that she was brutally murdered and justice has not been served. It happens in a snap too, so this hits you like a ton of bricks. This serves as a reminder that this is still very much a horror story.

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This comes to a head with the finale for this short, where Eva reveals the full extent of her abilities as a spirit. Letterer Ariana Maher drives home this frightening nature by changing Eva's usual grey word balloons into a fearsome explosion. It's like her very words have fangs on them, capable of biting your head right off.

It's clear there's much more story left to tell for Tommy and Eva and I sincerely hope we get to see more from them. Dame from the Dark has an intriguing premise that lends itself to tons of story possibilities. It also serves as a nice complement to Lonesome Days, Savage Nights, another supernatural detective book from TKO. Now that's a crossover I'd love to see.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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