The story of three made men whose past quite literally comes back to haunt them, Old Haunts has been a strong series from the start.
The Rob Williams and Ollie Masters-penned tale has been a great exercise in both style and substance, with the evocatively cinematic art and colouring giving the entire series a Michael Mann-esque crime movie sheen, albeit one with more supernatural overtones than Mann often uses (not that he hasn’t delved into spooky subject matter before – one of his first films being World War II ghost story The Keep).
The final pieces all come together for the climax of Old Haunts, with a suitably noir-esque climax that sees doom unfold for many of the characters. The final few shots are – appropriately – haunting and impactful; the artwork throughout being incredibly strong. The colouring in particular is spectacular throughout, solid blocks of red and blue conveying mood extremely effectively.
As the first AWA series I’ve managed to read the entirety of, I have to say I’m impressed. It’s clear that the fledgling, ambitious publisher – which is run by some of the biggest names in the comic book world – have assembled some spectacular talent and have let them work their magic without getting in their way. I can’t wait to read more of the comics they’ve published, of which there’s an impressively large number out there already.
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