Although police drama does not fit my current personal taste, I can honestly say that Nowhere Man (Vol. 1): You Don’t Know Jack, has definitely captured my interest.
Nowhere Man, an indie comic published by Forward Comix, is a psychological thriller that is so deep, you will need a shovel to dig your way out.
The story follows NYPD Detective Jack Maguire, and his alter ego, Zade. Jack is the host for Zade, a mysterious agent that targets advanced weapons traffickers. The worst part is that Jack has no control over this unknown assassin, and he does not remember any of his missions. It is unknown how Zade claimed Jack as a host.
The mystery deepens as the NYPD gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy. A secret military operation unfolds, and all kinds of heck break loose.
Several characters are introduced in the story, but the main key players are:
Jack Maguire. NYPD Detective. African-American. A very fine piece of eye candy. Determined to become the police chief. Stubborn, over-ambitious. Reckless. Jack has a good heart, and is determined to honor the legacy of his father.
Jack also has super-human abilities. Notice how the bullets pass through him in the picture below. He also has an electric charge that he can use as a truth serum. But he doesn’t have superhuman strength.
Rose Yancey. Jack’s partner. In a clandestine relationship with him. Niece of Captain Whittaker. I don’t trust her one bit.
Captain Whittaker. Temperamental, belittles Jack every chance he gets, hard to get on his good side (I don’t think he has one). Uncle of Rose Yancey. I don’t trust him one bit either.
Zade. An unknown, mysterious agent. Assassin. Controls electromagnetic energy, ability to hack electronic and biological networks, phases through objects, and many other hi-tech abilities.
Jerome Walford is the writer and illustrator. Sharp dialogue and phenomenal character interactions.
I can say only say one word about the art. Amazing. Walford has proven to be a very talented writer, as well as artist.
Verdict (drum roll please)
I strongly support the indie comic market, and I will do all I can to read and give my HONEST reviews on this blog.
So with that being said, I strongly recommend Nowhere Man as a comic to read for the mature audience.
I know that I mostly give high ratings. Well that’s because I read good comic books, both mainstream and indie comics. It’s not often that I read a book and find that I didn’t like it. But it also proves that indie comics are just as good, if not better than, mainstream comics.
Nowhere Man gets 5/5 stars.