Zachary Clayton

The White Suits 2 – Oozing With Cool

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 The White Suits is a gritty crime story reminiscent of an ’80s movie without the over-budget vehicles.  With artwork that makes you feel like you’re being lead down the rabbit hole by Donnie Darko, this title is sure to please new an old readers to the genre. 

The White Suits #2 cover via darkhorse.com

The White Suits #2 cover via darkhorse.com

 

The White Suits #2
Script & Lettering: Frank J. Barbiere
Art & Coloring: Toby Cypress
Publisher: Dark Horse

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Continuing this four part mini-series, The White Suits #2 seems to answer a question or two while simultaneously creating quite a few more. Offering us a slightly deeper look into who the ‘White Suits’ are, but leaving us wondering just how far their reach extends. I will say this issue spends a bit more time with the ‘Suits’ than the previous.  Which, so far, equals more violence.  And that’s a plus!  I just hope these guys buy stock in munitions manufacturing, because bullets rain.  I’m really curious to see how this all gets wrapped up in just four issues.  Who knows, maybe well get lucky and the creative team of Barbiere and Cypress will have the opportunity to extend this story out to another four-parter.  I’m not going to lie, the script in ‘The White Suits’ is so cliché it made me laugh here and there.  But, like an old movie you revisit after a long time, that cliché dialogue is what makes the experience so endearing.  I love it.  Barbiere’s writing has no problem giving you a vague tidbit of information through flash-backs and self-questioning statements, (e.g. “Who am I?  I’m a man with a past”)  before quickly thrusting our adventurers into their first violent encounter as unwitting partners.

I really dig Toby Cypress’ art as well.  It’s a bit intense at times, and the distorted bending in some panels accentuates the individuality of each ‘White Suit’ in any given frame.  Not simply executing, but reveling in blood, we get to see how monstrous they can be.  It remains quite fun despite it’s intensity though.  I felt that the pacing was very good.  The angles are well thought out, almost like a story-board for a movie.  In my opinion, Toby Cypress’ art just oozes cool.  It’s very reminiscent of Scorsese, Mann, and Tarantino in the way it flows over the page dealing death here and there.  Doing so all the while with merciless grins.  If this story stays as good as it has started, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on the big screen in the years to come.  It definitely has that big-screen feel.  Get your copy, before the casting arguments begin!

 

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