If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that Dark Horse is my favorite publisher. Dead Inside is a perfect example of why. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up reading superhero books and the tales from the big two publishers. But honestly, as I get older, I’m more and more into darker books. And Dark Horse seems to tap right into what I’m looking for. I’m not really a crime/murder mystery type guy. Not usually my cup of tea. But this story is absolutely brilliant and full of grittiness (from the plotline to the setting to the crime to Fejzula’s artwork).
The story follows Linda Carusa, a take-no-bullshit detective, investigating an unusual murder in a local prison. With all of the suspects locked up in one place, she thought this would be easy. But the more evidence she finds, the further she seems to get from the answer.
Don’t get me wrong, the plot and characters throw around a lot of cliches: the tough-as-nails detective that lives to solve the crime, incompetent warden, jailhouse secrets, etc. But the thing is that it touches those well-traveled themes just enough to allow you to settle in like an old man into a warm bath. Then you’re hit with the unique and stylized art style that really embodies the story and you get sucked into the story drama.
The book is on issue #2 at this point. So I highly recommend you check this out. And you have until February 15th to read the first issues before you get hit with issue #3. Don’t sleep on this one. I promise you.