Veil (Hard Cover)

7.5 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 8/10

The rat steals the show!

It starts with 14 pages of gibberish. Just power on.

Veil (Hard Cover)
(W)Greg Rucka
(A)Toni Fejzula
Dark Horse Comics
2014

Veil does not start off well. A woman wakes up alone in the subway, naked and clueless. She finds her way to the busy streets above, gibbering nonsensical rhymes, and as you might expect from a bewildered, naked woman, quickly finds a whole mess of trouble. What follows is the story of one good man in a world of lust, greed, and wrath.

The silliness of the first few pages aside, the story is actually pretty good. It does ask you to just look the other way and not ask questions about a few holes in the plot, but that’s not very much to ask. The non-human characters are the most interesting, being the most important to the story, but the humans are good enough, even if they are a little one-dimensional. The pace is solid, the twists are unexpected, and the story holds your interest.

The art definitely has a style all its own, and while I don’t love it, it works very well for a magical, mystical world of darkness and secrets. My only complaint about the art would be that it can be a little overly symbolic from time to time, making it a little hard to follow the action.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Veil because of the hard start, but I kept reading and I’m glad I did. It handles magic and demons in a subtle way that sets it apart from a lot of comics, and I appreciate that. I might have liked it a little more if it started off differently and ran a little longer, but what’s here is good.

 

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