Nathaniel Dusk 1 (February 1984)

11052There are no inks on Gene Colan’s pencils in Nathaniel Dusk. It’s pencils and color. To. Ziuko uses really bright colors too, often it’ll just be a single color across objects. Colan’s not too concerned about universal detail.

Don McGregor is clearly a fan of detective novels. He puts a lot of time into the lead’s first person narrative. Probably too much work, since some conversations get cramped, but McGregor is definitely committed. He’s doing a grownup comic for a mainstream publisher in the eighties. It’s a crazy thing.

But it’s also a totally mediocre thing. Besides Dusk’s girlfriend having a couple kids while still being a femme fatale, there’s nothing to the story. There’s great mood and a lot of nice details, but the story just drags.

There are some great period set pieces and McGregor and Colan certainly get a bunch of credit, but who knows what’s next.

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CREDITS

Lovers Die at Dusk, Part One; writer, Don McGregor; artist, Gene Colan; colorist, Tom Ziuko; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Alan Gold; publisher, DC Comics.

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