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Nathaniel Dusk 2 (March 1984)

45579 20080417210308 largeIt’s a fast issue, which is strange given there’s so much exposition. McGregor really gets into the private eye running monologue thing. It could go either way–and he does get long-winded during the action sequences (Colan’s pencils can handle them on their own)–but it works out by the end. McGregor writes Dusk really, really well and gives him a number of things to deal with.

There’s the big thing–the inciting tragedy to motivate Dusk for the rest of the issue (and presumably series)–but the little details are far more interesting. Dusk trying to relate to his girlfriend’s kid, Dusk realizing it’s the girlfriend who taught him a thing or two in the sack–those two are the most salient because they haunt the character throughout the issue, even in the big action scenes.

It’s an excellent, if wordy, comic.

The beautiful artwork from Colan continues.



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

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