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Hawaiian Dick #2

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
By: Craig Lemon



Writer: B. Clay Moore
Artist: Steven Griffin

Publisher: Image

Think of a Hawaiian Noir series and you're almost expecting voodoo and zombies to play some part in the series - this issue doesn't disappoint in that regard, although it also doesn't surprise. Leila Rose was shot in the head at the end of last issue, and, about halfway through, she disappears from the back seat of a car - hello, you say, she's got up and walked off.

To rewind slightly - PI Byrd and police chappy Mo have dead Leila Rose in the back of their car, not quite sure what to do with her...returning to Byrd's abode they find he has a visitor...one local crime dude, Bishop Masaki, who hires Byrd to find out who kidnapped Leila Rose and get her back safe and sound. To his credit, Byrd's poker face comes up trumps as he accepts the case stoically...after Masaki departs he and Mo find out she's gone walkabout.

Byrd wants to find out more about Hawaiian folklore, so talks to his waitress at the diner; she fortuitously has an old aunt who has dabbled in the arts, and takes him to see her...whereupon he finds out that Leila Rose just happens to be the waitress's sister...meanwhile, Mo is called to a disturbance at Bishop Masaki's warehouse, said disturbance caused by...zombie Leila Rose.

Reading this issue you begin to feel you're reading an Agatha Christie novel, in that there's a small set of characters seemingly unconnected at the start of the story, but by the end it turns out that everyone is related to everyone else by some means. This can come across as outrageous coincidences and the mark of a lazy writer, but Moore just about gets away with it...the downside is that everytime a character talks to someone else you just know that they'll tie into plot somehow, not much in the way of feeling you're in a living, breathing world here; everything that appears just services the plot. The upside is that this does mean that the story rattles along at a cracking pace.

Griffin's art is perfectly sorted to the dark tone of the book; his work looks a little like a cross between Sean Phillips and Warren Pleece, it's good stuff. Overall an engaging book, it all wraps up with issue #3, and the trade collection should be a very nice read.



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