Friday, June 16, 2023

Book Review: John Tiffany Vol. 1

John Tiffany is one of the best bounty hunters in the world. Given his precarious line of work, he has found that he can only truly trust four people: Pastor Lovejoy, an unorthodox priest; Wan Chao, an underworld geek; Dorothy, his conservative teammate; and Magdalena, a sex worker he has foolishly fallen in love with. But it seems that one of them has turned against him and now he’s the one with a bounty on his head. It’s a race against time as he tries to survive being a high-priced target and find out which of his confidantes is the traitor.

John Tiffany Vol. 1 collects and updates this raucous action-adventure. Filled with car chases, intrigue, and beautiful women, John Tiffany is exactly the sort of gut punch that fans of international spy stories love. Story by Stephen Desberg, art by Dan Panosian and lettering by Lucas Gattoni. Rated: Mature.

This graphic novel will be released on July 18, 2023. Mad Cave Studios provided an early galley for review.

The cover really jumped out to me. We have the protagonist, a handsome suited professional with his gun trained on the reader and a cigarette firmly in lips. The logo includes a gun and bullet holes. This one screams high-testosterone action. I was down for it.

The interior art is equally as appealing. The backgrounds are very detailed, the characters are rendered with distinction and supporting shading, and the coloring is appropriately muted and moody. The action scenes flow very well. For a visual medium, all of this is very important when conveying the story to the reader.

John Tiffany is introduced as a very layered character, a bounty hunter with an interesting supporting cast. The narrative bounces around a bit - from present day to flashbacks. The transitions are obviously indicated, but the reader still has to pay attention to things. The plot flows well so that the volume concludes the case and mystery. I could easily see this continuing with another story arc, which if coming from this same creative team I would gladly welcome.

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