From the brothers who brought you Ghost Cop comes the new series by writers V.J. and Justin Boyd, Night Moves. Featuring art by Clay McCormack and a spectacular cover by Chris Burnham, the story sees Vegas hustler Chris Dundee caught up in a mess far too big for him. Described as noir meets horror, the plot leans heavily on the noir here with hints of the occult that is sure to take the series in a pure horror direction in months to come.
Night Moves has all the potential to be a good miniseries. There’s plenty here to let readers know everything needed to jump right in as if they’ve known Chris Dundee for years. At times it’s seamless whereas at others it’s a little more obvious with characters referring to each other by their full names mid conversation (which is great for the readers but not so much believability).
At times Chris Dundee comes across as your generic loveable rogue who’s in the early stages of just being a rogue with not enough redeeming qualities but this is very likely to change as the character grows over the series. The framing device of Dundee telling the story as an older man actually adds the most intrigue to the plot with the elderly Dundee being so different that readers can’t help but read on to see just how he grows into this man. The framing device also adds to the horror — it’s such a gothic trope that it works really well within the tone of this book.
For the artwork Clay McCormack’s style fits really well with the emerging tone. At times, specifically one reveal towards the end of the book, his style works really well to convey the messy and horrific situation that the characters are finding themselves in, but at the same time the messier the artwork gets stylistically the harder it can be to make things out. As said this is more noticeable with a certain reveal that does work well at conveying the horror but it would have been nicer to see things more clearly while retaining a dirty look, a bit like Burnham’s style as seen in the cover.
If there was to be one main criticism of the book it would be that the story’s pacing is just ever so slightly off. The opening scene with elderly Dundee lasts for a few pages but once readers are into the main story, the young Dundee rarely stays in one location for more than a page. It is a little jarring to be darting about from one place to the next at such a pace but this is possibly just to rush through the setup of the story, especially since this is a mini-series.
Night Moves has just the right amount of potential to hook in readers and show them a world of comics outside the usual. If you want some horror and some detective work then this is the series for you.