Act of Contrition by Nik Havert, Craig DeBoard & Wes Sweetser
The Pickle Press empire keeps wandering off in different directions, and thatâ€™s fine with me. This time out Nik has the story of a mystery involving a wide cast of characters, with the only thing that they seem to have in common being the local priest. The main thing needed to keep a story like this entertaining is suspense, and it did take about half of the comic for me to figure out for sure where this was headed. Take that as a measuring stick, I suppose. If you feel that youâ€™re required to be fooled until the end of the book, youâ€™ll go away disappointed. Or maybe Iâ€™m just the smartest man alive, who knows? The story begins with a man in a confessional, always a good way to go, telling a priest that heâ€™s killed someone. The rest of the book is a flashback to the actual story, starting with a dead young woman, a crazy old woman who sees people in her bushes, a boyfriend who may or may not have had anything to do with the young womanâ€™s death, and a priest whoâ€™s dealt with them all. Great dialogue pretty much the whole way through here, and those fat black shadows were perfect for the theme. Worth a look if you like the murder mystery/suspense type of stories.