A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1

9.3 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 10/10
Story: 9/10

Zoey Aarons is back! | Colors! | Excellent pacing this issue; a lot done within the span of 21 pages. | Great interior monologue by Taylor, who by now seems so familiar with Zoey's voice that it feels entirely natural.

There exists a pointed concern regarding a certain mystery character which I will delve into following the main body of this review.

A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 (of 5)
Larime Taylor, Jay Savage
Image Comics/Top Cow Productions

(Previous reviews: Issue #1, 5, 6 and 7. Interview with Larime Taylor HERE.)

It’s been a few months since we last saw young serial-killer-in-the-making Zoey Aarons. During that time, creator/writer/artist Larime Taylor moved, put out a trade paperback of the first seven-issue story arc with Marc Silvestri’s Top Cow Productions and announced his decision to incorporate color into all future installments of the series while making sure that it retained its signature look overall.

Tomorrow, fans will finally be able to get their hands on the first issue of the series’ second volume when A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 hits shelves. The book’s narrative remains intact, told almost exclusively through Zoey’s viewpoint (though it does make a few excursions to allow readers to see developments elsewhere, such as her police sergeant uncle Zeke’s removal from the murder case due to being too close to some of the suspects), and readers who’ve been on the edge of their proverbial seats waiting to find out what happened following the climactic events of issue #7 won’t have to wait very long.

Like many of Taylor’s previous installments, this issue opens with a flash forward. Zoey and an unknown young man (whose identity, revealed later on in the issue, can likely be discerned by most readers adept at taking educated guesses) are strapped to chairs in a hotel room and are being interrogated by a man with a gun. The opening line of narration, “Dear Diary, It’s been 118 days since I killed someone,” lets readers know that this event takes place roughly four months after the last issue.

And then we flash forward to the present. Zoey is outside the studio burning the Polaroid left for her by the intervening fellow serial killer she just recently met in person. He knows who she is—what she is—but she has no real knowledge about him aside from the fact that he is a killer like her (but not just like her) and that he’s been following her—stalking her, to be more accurate.

That all changes throughout the course of the following pages.

I’ll venture to say that Taylor’s clean, refined line work has never looked better than it does in this issue. The addition of Jay Savage’s coloration, which combines multi-tone watercolors with staining effects, provides additional depth without drawing attention away from any of the attributes which made the first arc as captivating as it was. All in all, A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 is yet another brilliant installment in a series that has deservedly earned almost universal acclaim from comic fans and journos alike.


The one detracting element I must concede to having with this issue is the fleshing out of the mystery killer. It may just be a classic case having an unreliable narrator (that narrator being said mystery killer), but his motive for the murders—the causative circumstances that set his warped acts in motion, first in his head and, later, in the real world—feel tame in comparison to even perhaps his most probable inspiration: a certain Thomas Harris-created video lab technician.


A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 (Page 6)


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Author: Jesse Scheckner View all posts by
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