Electropolis #2

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Sep 2001 | Image

Writing: Dean Motter
Art: Dean Motter
Colour: Chris Chuckry

The Infernal Machine Part Two

Menlo and Anesta continue piecing together the mystery. While at a nightclub to catch a show of the Steppe Sisters, Tess LaCoyle is kidnapped.

It’s nice to get more back story on Menlo’s old partner, Jacob Ladder. I thought it was amusing he read dime novels on the job as a night guard. Shows his passion for mysteries.

I still love this style of art. This retro sci-fi noir is perfect. The mystery is well thought out and it really makes me want to listen to some old time radio broadcasts. This is really an inspiring tale and I can almost picture it in audio form- the drama in the actor’s voices, the sound-effects guy. That would have been an awesome experience.

I also loved seeing that Lost in Space style robot working at the news stand. That was a nice touch.

I’ve only one disappointment with this issue – the inconsistency of Menlo’s characteristic noises in his speech. The first half of the book, it’s non-existent and he’s talking like everyone else. Then all-of-a-sudden, it comes back and things are normal again.

Electropolis #1

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May 2001 | Image

By: Dean Motter
Colour: Chris Chuckry

The Infernal Machine Part One

Menlo Park is a robot private-eye who lost his owner and partner, Jacob Ladder, to a bogus suicide. After all these years have passe, Jacob’s ex shows up fearing for her life. Things get even more interesting for Menlo when his legitimate client is gunned down for reasons related to his partner’s last job.

I love this detective noir story and it’s 40’s style future. It’s very compelling and very well written. The subtle humor is also delightful. With names like Jacob Ladder and Miss Tess La Coyle, I thought for sure I’d end up hating this book for that, but somehow it still manages to pull itself off.

I also love Jacob’s exposition complete with the stutters, and sounds his robot self makes. It really adds to the experience.

I’m glad I found this issue. It was in a $1 box at my LCS filled with other uninteresting junk. I’ll certainly have to look for more.

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