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Blue Estate #5

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Blue Estate #5

Credits

  • Words: Viktor Kalvachev, Kosta Yanev, and Andrew Osborne
  • Art: Viktor Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox, Paul Maybury, Marley Zarcone
  • Colors: Viktor Kalvachev
  • Story Title: The Money Shot
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Aug 10, 2011

A modern-day detective/crime noir story, Blue Estate brings together the ragtag cast of a star detective (in his own mind), a pair of Hollywood stars that have fallen a little more than they'd like, and throws in a pair of stoners (and their pot plant Ethel), a mountain of termites, and an awkward game of Sudoku, and you have one of the more interesting detective comics out there when you look past Detective Comics and go towards a more unique image.

Blue Estate has been an enjoyable book off the beaten path. Complete with a cast of characters that truly lacks heroes and villains, it's been driven by an unpredictable story and a visual style that stands out. The art in this series has been amazing, and is one of the few cases where too many chefs in the kitchen can be a good thing. It's emotional, kinetic, humorous, dirty, and sexy, all at once. Some of the more notable bits (beyond the covers of the series, which should easily catch the eye of anyone at the comic book store) deal with the humor in the issue. One scene, in which a character is coated in termites continues hilariously in the background. His bit in the story is done, doling out the necessary plot point that the house is unstable, but he continues rolling around and generally freaking out in the background. It's a direction that could have been completely ignored; the character could have run off-screen or just dropped to the ground still. Another humorous scene plays out completely the opposite; two thugs in their business suits wearing goofy, overly large wigs meant for a woman. It's no silly running around or screaming, it only features a pun, and is completely contained in a frame that lacks any sort of movement or action.

While the art might be amazing, it can only do so much with a script. While this issue is full of great bits (beyond the termites and wigs, the stoners provide a funny scene of their own), there are only a few parts that actually seem to advance or work towards the story. It's much needed levity in an otherwise dramatic (within reason) comic, and lets the book catch its breath. The downside to that is that it doesn't do too much for the plot, and makes it feel like we almost have to wait an extra month for drama.

Blue Estate is worth having on the pull list for anyone who can appreciate books beyond the capes and Big Two. This issue may not be the best example of what the series is capable of, but it looks great and has enough humor that it works as a sidestep from the greater tale.

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