By Tim Seeley, Marley Zarcone, Jesse Hamm, & Ryan Hill

Chondra Jackson and Detective Moore continue their murder investigation by delving further into fan culture. At Copcon, a Star Cops convention, the two start uncover more clues, but also become embroiled in the excessive nature of fandom. Tim Seeley and Marley Zarcone have really hit their stride and are looking to shake things up from here on out.

One of Seeley’s strengths that stands out in this issue is how he imbues the plot with media theory and criticism. Amazingly enough, it doesn’t seem forced and is an integral piece of the story. Post-modern elements like this have become a cornerstone of this comic and make it a strong neo-noir tale. Even when the book is almost bogged down with details and set-ups, Seeley’s voice stays strong.

Being issue four, the art team should be a strong, cohesive team at this point and this is exactly the case. The contrast of the unnerving content with bright coloring continues. Jesse Hamm’s inking draws the eye to the shocking imagery, but Ryan Hill’s colors make the artwork stand out and force the reader to take it in…powerful imagery all around.

Effigy continues to be a strong title for Vertigo. Fans of noir or thrillers will absolutely appreciate this book. New readers may want to wait for the trade or feel free to pick up the previous three issues. Considering that the comic is only $2.99, the investment is totally worth it!

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”