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Also, a great review from The Onion's AV Club:

The latest in the stark, gritty Vertigo Crime graphic-novel series, The Executor (Vertigo) is a winner. From its creepy cover to its cathartic ending, it hits all the notes of a top-flight thriller, and its few weaknesses are overcome by its strengths. While novelist Jon Evans (Invisible Armies) lets his script get a tad too bogged down in exposition early on, it recovers quickly and delivers a handful of moments so startling, they jump off the page. And while the slim-lined art by Italian cartoonist Andrea Mutti (Le Syndrome De Caïn) isn't ideal for the book's tone, his outstanding use of shadow and light and his moody backgrounds more than make up for it.

The Executor tells the story of former hockey goon and small-town boy made good Joseph Ullen, who returns to his roots in upstate New York when he's made the executor of his high-school girlfriend's will after her mysterious death. The will turns out to be her way of delivering clues to a long-standing mystery in the town, forcing Ullen to confront his own part in it and the ugliness he thought he left behind. It's an expertly done thriller, cinematically told but taking good advantage of the structure of the comic medium… A-

Also, in fewer than 48 hours I fly off to a month of roaming the Australian outback east coast. See you when I get back ...


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