Comic Vine Review


Veil #1 Review


The rhyming and winding tale of Veil begins.

The Good

There's a mysterious dark-haired lady on the cover of Greg Rucka's latest, and it's not Forever Carlyle. Her name is Veil, we know next to nothing about her -- except that she has a knack for nonsensical rhyming and a lethal skill set -- and I cannot wait to learn more.

VEIL looks different from most comics; the art is watercolored and highly stylized, and it truly has that leap-off-the-page quality. Each panel looks like a poster; the shading has a very graphical quality to it (while still keeping the roughness that the textured, watery paints bring in), and everything is bold and dramatic. The story, too, is bold and dramatic -- it's not often that one first meets their protagonist in the middle of a naked parade from the sewers to the city.

Veil -- named that way on purpose, or incidentally via a neon sign -- is unexpected and wonderful. She's rich with possibilities -- a rhyming seeming-amnesiac with the ability to take out a small gang singlehandedly isn't exactly your day-to-day fare, and I'm already entranced. Her story (and its future direction) is open-ended and laced with mystique.

Rucka is never anything but careful with his words, and I found myself reading back, inspecting Veil's rhymes, watching how they played against the panel actions, looking for hidden meaning. VEIL is a think-y book, even if it doesn't pitch itself as such; there's just so much to interpret, to wonder about, to follow. Coupled with the backmatter -- in which Rucka details his personal thoughts on the story and its subject -- it's fascinating.

The Bad

It's minor -- hardly a true "bad" -- but it seems as though every character in VEIL is in a state of perpetual shock. Everyone's eyes are rendered in such a manner that they seem a fraction of a second away from jumping out of the skull. Maybe it's intentional, maybe it's a style choice. I don't entirely dislike it, but I'm perplexed by it.

The Verdict

Greg Rucka appears to be keeping on trend with that whole "putting out killer creator-owned books featuring equally killer lead characters" thing, and VEIL is a welcome addition to my pull list. It's a miniseries, so there's no long haul to settle in for; just five very different, very fascinating issues to savor. Rucka and Fejzula are walking a tightrope between genres; horror and suspense and quite likely a few more are represented, making VEIL a solid selection for a wide range of readers.

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Posted by longbowhunter

I was intrigued when this was first announced. Greg Rucka is kinda synonymous with quality.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

I got this today, I'm planning on reading this tomorrow

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Anything with Greg Rucka... I'm down. His Punisher Run officially got me into comics and made me a huge Punisher fan.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Well if Jen says something is good that usually means you should put it on your pull list

Posted by Nahuel

I was pumped by this book, I was willing to buy it issue by issue... But now that I know is a miniseries I'll wait for the Trade.

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Edited by Vaeternus

I read it, it's interesting and different for sure much like Alex & Ada. Which I'm really enjoying. I'm very curious about where she came from and more about her telekinetic abilities.

Posted by consafo80

It's Greg Rucka so definitley worth giving a go and I love the look of the art. I'll pick it up on Friday after work.

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@nahuel said:

I was pumped by this book, I was willing to buy it issue by issue... But now that I know is a miniseries I'll wait for the Trade.

Thats my game plan too.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

This was a great read now I wish it was an ongoing