Effigy #4


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!