Fanboy in the Basement

Posted by Scott B. Sims - email

Welcome to Fanboy in the Basement, where I will be reviewing comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, movies based on graphic novels and whatever else that's fanboy based.

My first review will be Whiteout written by Greg Rucka and art by Steve Lieber and published by Oni Press.  First of all let me clarify, I'm a cape. I read mostly superhero books. So when stories come around that aren't superhero based, I usually pass them by. But thank the gods of retail for TPB.

Whiteout is the story of tough U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko and McMurdo Station in Antarctica is her jurisdiction.  The story opens with a murder. The body of a 5 member team is found; frozen to the ice, no clues, and no suspects except small core holes dug around the body. There are 1200 people stationed at McMurdo, but that number will drop down to 200 in the next 3 weeks and that is how long Stetko has to solve the murder before the killer slips away.

Greg Rucka is one of my favorite writers. He commands characters and tells a well thought out story. One of the main characters in the story is Antarctica. Described as the "ice" it also lives and breathes especially with Lieber's art. There is a scene when the killer attacks Stetko during a whiteout. He cuts her safety line and the killer knows the "ice" will do the rest.

My only drawback about this murder mystery is that it isn't a murder mystery. Rucka tells early on, these are the guys that did it. That would be fine if Stetko was Columbo, but she's not. Give us a chance to guess on our own. Other than that, this is a very good read. It's available as a trade paperback. There are 2 volumes available. I read volume one.

Whiteout was released as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale (I'll buy that for a $1). Unfortunately, it was in the theater for maybe two weeks, at the Dollar Saver for a weekend and hasn't been released on DVD. I think it still won Best Picture.

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