Normandy Gold #1

8.5 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Dripping with atmosphere.

Uneven art at times.

Normandy Gold #1
(W) Alison Gaylin, Megan Abbot (A) Steve Scott (CA) Fay Dalton
Titan Comics
2017

WHEN HER YOUNGER SISTER IS FOUND AT THE CENTER OF A BRUTAL MURDER CASE, TOUGH-AS-NAILS SHERIFF NORMANDY GOLD IS FORCED TO DIVE HEADFIRST INTO THE SEEDY WORLD OF 1970S PROSTITUTION.

Normandy Gold is a wonderful throwback to 1970’s detectives stories, with gruff, apathetic cops, steamy bombshell women, and equal amounts of sex and violence just aching to break through to the surface. Some of it is a little over the top, but overall, the whole thing feels like a classic from a bygone era, and it’s all fun and exciting to read.

Overall, the art is very enjoyable. The slick style seeps off every page, never letting the reader forget where the story takes place. From the period clothing, to the vehicles and color schemes, this book looks like it jumped right out of the past. There are a few week areas, such as a few odd faces and poses, and sometimes it looks like shadows are used to hide some laziness, but all in all, the art is wonderful.

And as easy as it is to like the art, the writing is where the book really shines. The story introduces things and people quickly, and then moves into the meat of the action, a detective story with a strong lead character, with willingness and reason to do anything to track down her quarry. There’s little violence in this issue, but the threat of it is always just below the surface, and I suspect we’ll see plenty in the books to come. And there’s sex aplenty already. A little something for everyone until the story explodes.

Normandy Gold showed me just how much I was missing a good ol’ cops and robbers story from the Starsky and Hutch era. It’s fun to read, the art leaps off the page, and the whole book simmers with sex and violence. I didn’t know I needed these things as badly as I do now. I can’t wait until issue #2 is available, and I suspect you’ll be just as excited for it as I am. This one is a must read, in my opinion, as much for its story telling as for its story.

 

 

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