The influence of Michael Mann looms large in Old Haunts, a new miniseries written by Ollie Masters & Rob Williams, with art by Laurence Campbell. A tale of three made men whose past is about to literally come back to haunt them, it takes place in a shimmering urban environment, where bad people do terrible things in the glow of very stylishly lit scenes. The homage is even drawn attention to in an early scene, which takes place in a bar named ‘Mann’s’ – and can even be felt in the widescreen shots that the vast majority of the panels take the form of. The crime cinema of Michael Mann is certainly not an unwelcome source of inspiration for this horror-tinged gangster tale – going even further into Mann’s oeuvre, his 1983 film The Keep did feature supernatural elements, so even those pieces of the puzzle fit into the homage seen here.
Though this first issue is little more than setup for the presumed horror that awaits the wise guys that the story focuses on, the supernatural elements do make their presence known pretty overtly – and in a very creepy fashion indeed – towards the end. The first issue does end somewhat anticlimactically, however – but I’m keeping the faith that we’ll see the story pay off satisfyingly as it continues; it feels as if it’s written for the inevitable collection at this stage, though that could be a bit of a premature evaluation.
Old Haunts # 1 is published by AWA Studios and is available now, both digitally and physically.
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