The Spirit is back in Francesco Francavilla’s The Spirit in The Corpse-Makers. This action/crime/mystery series is not only written by Francavilla but lettered and drawn as well. If you are a fan of the hit Afterlife with Archie series and can appreciate the gritty, dark, and original artwork, The Spirit will prove to be another favorite.
There is a dead body in Central City and all seems pretty straight forward to the investigators. The Spirit smugly offers his help and is turned away and decides to take the night off. Eb, The Spirit’s driver, meets with his cousin Vin and their night of catch-up is ended suddenly when Vin must reschedule. We soon find out that Vin has a past criminal history and to protect Eb, he must follow through with a robbery job. A corpse is the target and happens to be the corpse of the earlier investigation. Then all goes south when Vin is abruptly snatched. What will happen next? Will The Spirit get to the bottom of these crimes in Central City?
The suspense builds with every page turn and questions formulate quickly in your mind as you read this book. Though the story in the first book will feel short, it nonetheless leaves you wondering what will happen. The artwork of Francavilla matches the suspense and mystery of his plot. You can feel the night, the rain, and the eerie atmosphere.
Will Eisner’s The Spirit has transcended time and comic book worlds with features and story lines by Kitchen Sink Press and DC Comics along with various publications by different writers and artists. The Spirit even has a part in the First Wave series by Brian Azzarello alongside some of our beloved and popular super heroes. He is known as a crime fighting criminologist in Central City by night.
If mystery and crime is your thing, The Spirit in The Corpse-Makers will not disappoint.
3 out of 4 hats