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Dancer #1

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Dancer #1

Credits

  • Words: Nathan Edmondson
  • Art: Nic Klein
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: May 16, 2012

Edmondson is becoming quite the master storyteller. As a writer who is still fairly new to comics, he knows the limitations and possibilities of this medium and continues to craft exciting stories accordingly. His miniseries, all from Image (and his stint on DC’s Grifter), have been vastly different, and more than just an empty story on top of a cool concept. From Olympus to The Light to Who Is Jake Ellis? to The Activity, and now to Dancer. That’s an eclectic mix.

More than ballet and bullets, Dancer is an interesting approach to a well worn genre. After this debut issue, it’s obvious that this miniseries will be about more than a man trying to run from his past, and protect his lover while doing so.

American Alan Fisher and Quinn, his soon to be retired ballet dancer girlfriend are eating dinner in Italy and discussing moving to Greece but their quiet meal is interrupted and Alan is forced to unleash his inner Bourne and escape the police, shocking Quinn in the process. On a train to Alan’s apartment, he confesses to his secret past that has now come back to not only haunt him, but kill him. This could easily be the kind of story we’ve all seen before if not for the emerging dynamic of the two main characters, and the unexpected reveal in the closing pages. The latter is treated carefully by Edmondson and I’m hooked to see what other tricks he has up his sleeve for future issues.

Edmondson has always been blessed with tremendous artists and here is partnered with Klein (Viking), who does a grand job of giving the visuals of Italy the exotic and dreamy feel of a Bond film.

There are some very well designed, largely silent pages and although color doesn’t play as much a part as it did in Jake Ellis, the night scenes are suitably haunting and intense, and serve to give the locales a lived in, earthy feel that sells the realism and danger of the tale.

Importantly, the pacing of the fisticuffs and flight from the hidden assailant are handled realistically. Fisher is portrayed as a strong, middle-aged man with graying hair, and not as a superhuman, which means the action scenes are wisely low key and relatable and not filled with the wild acrobatics of a man half his age.

With romance, drama, action, and whatever the surprise in the last few pages means all colliding, this looks set to be another winner from Edmondson and Image.

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