POSTAL #1 Review

Is this worth a look? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-nit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postalbranch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city. THE FBI has repeatedly been foiled trying to insert an undercover here; they see Mark as the weak link to exploit. This murder gives them a new opportunity.

Postal 1_Variant CoverWhat we have here is a book with all the makings of an interesting title. In its opening release our whodunit twists and turns while birthing a methodical introduction for a town structured under law for the formerly lawless.

As the questionable populace take center stage Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins handle the literary portion of this journey. The most important thing that we need to understand about their script is the fact that the good old townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming all have some sort of colorful past even as they live in a place reliant on a zero tolerance policy. As one might expect someone breaks that essential public trust and a sequence events lead toward a predictable finish.

The illustrations handed in by Isaac Goodhart ebb and flow with the intent of the text. Each page is crafted in a straight forward way that seems to also want to present a calm atmosphere. And as we’re introduced to our mail man, Mark, there’s a sense that there might be something more beneath the surface and the whole of the art reflects that. There were times were some of the panels seemed a bit bland, but thanks to the dynamic colors by Betsy Gonia the comic enjoyed a sturdy level of quality.

Postal #1 has all the makings of a dynamic thrill-ride. And despite the outing following an upfront path there’s plenty of room for further intrigue down the road. With compelling dialogue and a capable protagonist this book earns a recommendation.

  • + The script successfully introduces Eden.
  • + Strong visuals by Isaac Goodhart.
  • + Interesting cast of characters.
  • - Not enough surprises...

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