The White Suits #1: Weaves a Tale of Crime and Mystery
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The White Suits #1
Writer: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Toby Cypress
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 19, 2014
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Barbiere opens this book with scars and bars. Funny how those two things often go hand-in-hand. This guy in the bar has retrograde amnesia. He has only glimpses of his memories and strange dreams about people in white suits that he can’t place. Every dream ends with a pale face wearing a sickening grin. Also, he is being followed. Something he could probably do without. Cut to the private room at a club where a crime minion is telling his boss about the White Suits that are taking out criminals. The White Suits burst in. Despite the fire fight, the Suits prevail easily. Soon after, the White Suits are the hottest topic of conversation at a meeting of the local crime syndicates. The bosses lament the loss of turf and their potential loss of life at the hands of the White Suits. They vow to work as a collective to protect their interests. Everyone except the Triad, that is, and they quickly pay the price for dissent. The boss of the White Suits appears in a doorway for a status check on operations. Mr. Raines gives the boss the rundown of successful raids. The guy from the bar is in fact being followed on the streets and he decides to confront the stalker. Turns out, she is a bit more than this guy could handle and he finds himself bound to a chair at her place. She reveals that they share a mutual enemy and he is going to help her find them. But why should he? Because she knows who he really is.
Sometimes it is hard to find a good hook in a genre like crime or espionage. Barbiere effectively combines both crime and espionage through a mysterious group of killers in white suits. Seriously, why white? It takes nerve to wear that to a bloody killing. The dry cleaning and clothing allowances must break the bank. I like the choice of white for this group. It also turns the white or black uniform cliché around. Are these good guys or bad guys? They are taking out local crime lords. But we are yet to learn their motivations. Our world is so full of gray area, I think The White Suits might actually be in the dark gray zone after we learn more.
I liked the script and the art. Cypress’ art style works well to capture the passion and chaos that this book kicks off with. The use of color acts as emphasis to underscore the action, or stillness, on the page. Cypress has a unique take on the art style here and it works. Some panels require a bit of study to see all the details. It’s worth the time.
Barbiere’s The White Suits had short stories in Dark Horse Presents issues #11 and #19.I love these short stories because they shed light on the White Suits from two very different perspectives. In DHP #11 we get “The Way Out,” the reader follows an orphan who delivers money to gangsters in Moscow in 1988. She gets an unlikely piece of advice and assistance from a White Suit. In DHP #19, we follow a detective searching for information on The White Suits. His only lead takes him straight into the face of danger. It is worth checking out these glimpses into the world Barbiere created.
Recommended: For readers who like crime or espionage comics like Rucka’s Queen and Country or Brubaker’s Criminal, maybe even Ennis’ The Boys, although it’s style is not quite as “in your face” as that title. I would also suggest picking up Barbiere’s Five Ghosts, which is more supernatural than crime, but still a great read.