By Krystal Moore, Felix Whetsel
From the outside the city of Kiros, the last known city following a devastating war, doesn’t look too shabby. Located along the slopes of a mountain peak and split by a gorgeous waterfall, it looks rather pleasant. However the streets are rampant with assholes trying to find something to kill. This is where our protagonist comes in.
“Black Cloak” #1 introduces us to Phaedra, a detective (the titular Black Cloaks) working murder cases in Kiros. She’s also a stoic, exiled royal with seemingly many, many layers of yet-discovered problems. Her life goes awry when her ex-fiance (and heir to the throne), an elf, and a mermaid are all found murdered in a single day and she’s suddenly thrust back into the world that rejected her while balancing multiple investigations.
Just about the easiest way to reel me into a story is having a queer main character and putting a spin on the noir detective genre. In the case of “Black Cloak,” it’s like if Philip Marlow wore a cloak instead of a fedora, lived in a bright colorful world rife with conflict, and carried around lots of holographic gadgets. The world is lush and fantastical, and the author does an excellent job of introducing us to it without lore dumping. If that sounds like a blast, and you’re also a fan of “Arcane” or “Saga,” highly recommend grabbing it off the stands.
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