Peepland #1

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

Amazing atmosphere on every page.

Such a downer!

Peepland #1
(W) Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
(A) Andrea Camerini
(C)Fay Dalton
Titan Comics

Times Square, 1986: the home of New York’s red light district where strip clubs, porno theaters and petty crime prevails. When a chance encounter for Peepbooth worker Roxy Bell leads to the brutal murder of a public access pornographer, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner Nick Zero soon find themselves under fire from criminals, cops, and the city elite, as they begin to untangle a complex web of corruption leading right to city hall. Like The Naked City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one of them.

Peepland is a grim, frank look into an area and an era that not many comics have covered. It’s quite adult, focusing on several sex workers, corrupt cops, and dirty politicians, so the story may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for R-rated, dirty crime drama, look no further!

While the panel design is a little monotonous, the actual artwork stands out as pretty well done. Characters are well drawn, unique, and detailed. The backgrounds are varied and clear, with strong shadows and lights, but none of that “every thing is dark on purpose” that feels so lazy. The action scenes are also clear, which is something I value heavily. Indeed, the only time anything is a bit unclear, is when what you’re seeing is supposed to be unclear, never when the drawing just falls short.

The story may not be for every one, but it’s hard to deny it’s draw. I’d never really thought much about things in New York in the 80s, beyond what we’re used to hearing to on stereotypical cop shows and stories. Still, I was pulled into this story, and these characters, almost immediately, and it wouldn’t let me go. By the time things were wrapping up, I couldn’t believe 100 + pages had gone by so fast. It’s solid writing, and great story telling, pure and simple. Wherever it may be located, in whatever time, it’s hard to ignore good writing.

The only negative thing I can really say is, anyone looking for happy endings should look elsewhere. Things aren’t so easily wrapped up in Hell’s Kitchen, and a lot of sacrifices are made, HAVE to be made, but that’s what makes it’s so great.

Titan Comics has a good thing going with these period pieces, but Peepland is one of the best I’ve seen yet. If you have any interest at all in reading about the 80’s Punk scene or a good hard crime case, you should not pass this one up. You may think it’s trying to attract easy sales with it’s sensational covers and title, but there’s a LOT more to it.



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