Back Issues: "Scars" (2003)
- by Señor Editor, 15 August 2014
While there’s a number of good crime comics, as a genre, they’re not really that popular. Sure, you will have your “Parkers” and your “Criminals” a few good crime comics every year, but they’re not really all that plentiful. So when you’re REALLY in the mood for crime stories, your choices are often limited. Back issue bins might have to be checked. And you may find stuff like 2003’s “Scars”.
This is all pretty standard stuff, so far (even though it’s written perfectly), but things get REALLY intense when John starts suspecting one of the people who knew the victim. He has no evidence, only his own instincts, but he feels absolutely sure that that person is the murderer. He starts stalking the man, threatening him and doing everything he can to put the killer on edge, police procedure rules be damned.
This is a great story, because up until the very end we’re not sure if John is right about his suspect or not. The case has been bringing his old, painful memories back and he’s more and more on edge as the comic progresses. We don’t know if he is right about the person he suspects, or if the case is getting to him so much that he becomes obsessed with what he THINKS is true. We don’t know whether we’re watching a cop turning an innocent man’s life into hell or not.
The art by Jacen Burrows is alright, if nothing really very spectacular. It does fit the story perfectly, though (and the lack of colors makes it feel like some unearthed classic thriller movie). The facial expressions, the action scenes and the flow of it all, are all working really well here.
Warren Ellis is a very hit or miss writer for me, but he knocks it out of the park in “Scars”. When you finish all 6 issues, you will probably start thinking about how expertly this whole story was told. There’s real tension there. The characters feel very real. The dialogues all sound realistic. There are many elements in this story that may feel randomly thrown-in at first, until you realize how they impacted the way John feels and how he acts. A simple thing from an earlier issue may become very important in #5 or #6. It’s great crime stuff.
If you’re looking for some good crime comics and have never read “Scars”, I recommend you pick it up. It hits all the right marks. You should go and buy it now.
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