Featuring a cover reminiscent of Sin City, illustrated by Frank Miller, John Arcudi’s The Creep #0 centers around a private detective suffering from acromegaly (abnormal growth of hands, feet, and face) first seen in the late 80’s in Dark Horse Presents.
Oxel Karnhus is a P.I. in 1980’s New York who seems more straight out of 1940s film noir than the florescent decade I remember. He receives a letter from an old college sweetheart, Stephanie, asking for his help in figuring out why her teenage son committed suicide. There is obviously unfinished history between Oxel and Stephanie, and with so little going on in this issue, their relationship may be the most riveting part of the story.
The story plods along at a snail’s pace and has little action, sharing no answers, but the art is compelling. The panels are heavy with atmosphere and Jonathan Case makes brilliant use of the color red in the wash of blues and greys.
Overall, I am not sure I am intrigued enough to follow this storyline issue to issue with patience. It is more likely one I would purchase if collected into one compilation. There seems to be build up in regards to the reason of the suicide, so if you enjoy slowly paced detective stories this may be more up your alley, but if you are looking for more instant gratification or action, it is not found in this issue.
The Creep #0 is written by John Arcudi and art by Jonathan Case. It compiles chapters 1-13 as serialized in Dark Horse Presents published in April 2012. Published by Dark Horse and retailing for $2.99.