Elise is, for all intents and purposes, the "law" on the most elite space station full of Earth's 1% who have escaped a dying planet below. There's hardly any crime aboard, so she feels ill-equipped when there are multiple murders to investigate! Someone is going after the station's Board of Directors, and they're not just dying quietly. Each body is made into a spectacle that would disgust even the most heartless of the working-class citizens. While she's trying to solve the murders, Elise is also trying to kick her habit of taking the highly addicting, hallucinogenic substance known as "Blue". Her paranoia is heightened when it seems like she might have had a hand in one of the murders in an intoxicated stupor, but she's determined to figure out what is really happening on her station.
There were definitely some aspects of this story that I liked, but I can't help but notice a trend between this and another work by Gailey that I've read, Eat the Rich, which had a similar anti-elite, anti-capitalism tenor to it. I enjoyed this one much more than the previous work, as Gailey at least had some finesse in the ending of this story, instead of being rushed as Eat the Rich felt. This is definitely a bloody work, and illustrator Liana Kangas doesn't shy away from depicting some gruesome deaths. The twist in this who-done-it might be obvious to some readers, but Gailey had me going for a satisfyingly amount of time and tried to disprove my hunches a few times, as a good murder-mystery should.
Kangas does some wonders with coloring in the interior art. While there isn’t as much detail in characters and environments as I would like, the beautiful colorization stands out and makes every page interesting to view.
There is cussing (some censored), lots of drug usage, and pretty graphic depictions of murdered people. This would probably be best suited for adult collections.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Adult
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: September 26, 2023
ISBN: 9781684159963 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Adult, Comicbooks, Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, BOOM! Studios
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