By James Pascoe (Story & Script), Roger Robinson (Story & Art), and Idalia Robinson (Colors)

echoesThe Story: Dante Cortez is a member of the Los Angeles F.B.I.’s Behavioral Sciences Unit that is ready to call it quits. He’s also a pill-popping alcoholic haunted by his dreams and an event from his past. When a brutal murder with similarities to other unsolved cases takes place, Dante is once again drawn into the world he had hoped to escape from.

What’s Good: For the start of a supernatural noir tale, Echoes of the Damned #1 does a great job of hitting all the right notes. Dante Cortez is just the right type of disturbed, depressed character that thrives in such a bleak setting. And what a setting it is. Dante’s world is brought to life through moody, stylish artwork that brings a nice sense of weight to each and every scene. It goes a long way toward elevating the fairly generic set-up. While I can’t go into much detail regarding the plot beyond what I’ve already mentioned, I will say that I look forward to seeing where the story goes following one hell of an intriguing cliffhanger.

What’s Not So Good: Despite the overall quality of the writing and presentation, the first issue of Echoes of the Damned doesn’t exactly break any new ground. You have seen this type of character before and you have seen elements of the plot in a variety of different forms of entertainment. And while I really enjoyed the stylish artwork, there are a few instances where the level of detail takes a noticeable dip. Also worth noting is that some of the action is poorly choreographed, though it is hard to tell whether it is the fault of the artist, the panel layout, or the dark coloring (or some combination of the three).

Conclusion: For the most part, you really can’t ask for a whole lot more from a #1 issue. If you are into supernatural stories or the noir genre at all, Echoes of the Damned may be right up your alley. Give its promising debut a shot.

Grade: B-

-Kyle Posluszny