Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Veil #1Veil #1
Dark Horse Comics
Rucka & Fejzula

The opening issue of Veil is a very strange concept to grasp. The book centers around a young, beautiful, naked woman that wanders out of a subway muttering rhymes. Someone takes notice of her and attempts to help her. By the issue's end the pair is propelled on a very interesting journey. The comic book is helped immensely by the incredible artwork. This is a tough one to call. If you are fan of the creators then you are probably going to have to take a leap of faith on this one.

The comic book is at its best, story wise, with Veil's dialogue. She seems to produce random strings of rhymes that are triggered from anything from signs to dialogue from others. Rucka shows a good command of how to connect and tie her dialogue to the surroundings.

For the most part, the book is straightforward. Veil comes out of the subway without clothes on and some men immediately want to take her away and have their way with her. A voice among the group stands up for Veil and can see she isn't quite right. He makes attempts to communicate with her and give her some help. The cliffhanger seems to be the reveal of her talents.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsThe book's artwork is fantastic. The book appears to be painted, perhaps in water colors, as the art has a flow between characters and backgrounds that is stunning. The artwork amazingly is detailed with sharp crisp lines despite the painted look. The book captures the delicateness of Veil and projects the brutality when it occurs so vividly that there doesn't appear to be anything this artist can't do well. The book is simply a stunner to look at.

Veil is one of those opening issues that is simply the first chapter of a collection. First issues are difficult enough to start off with a bang but when it's a finite story then it generally can't provide the story to give you a satisfactory single issue. That's why you have to gut it out and hope the payoff comes by the end of the arc or mini. The artwork is certainly enough to draw any reader back for a second issue and Rucka obviously is a name that brings a lot of success along for the ride. That should be enough to pick up this book even if the first issue isn't quite a compelling read by itself.

3 out of 5 Geek Goggles