Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula . Dark Horse, $19.99 trade paper (136p) ISBN 978-1-61655-492-7
Rucka, known for writing some of the strongest women in comics (Tara Chase in Queen & Country, Renee Montoya in Gotham Central), takes on a very different kind of character here. Veil is a mysterious woman whom men find irresistible. From the moment she leaves a rat-infested subway, men start fighting (often violently) for her attention. A man named Dante is able to resist her influence better than the others, and takes her in after witnessing several supernatural creatures fighting to control her. These monsters have a lot to do with Veil’s true story. The story’s scornful view of objectification is perfectly summarized by Dante’s reference to Veil’s demonic boss as “just another fucking pimp.” The book is sexualized but never feels exploitative, thanks to Rucka’s deft hand and gritty artwork from Fejzula (Nephilim). The jarring colors, from Fejzula with Aljosa Tomic, make a particularly strong contribution to the unsettling nature of this erotic nightmare that leaves readers thinking about the world’s exploitation of women. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/23/2015
Release date: 01/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 144 pages - 978-2-7560-7735-2
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