I love a good murder mystery. Unfortunately, after one issue I’m unsure if Image Comics’ new series fits the bill. Filled with more emotional baggage and drama than actual mystery, Hadrian’s Wall #1 introduces us to retired investigator Simon Moore who is brought out of retirement to investigate the mysterious death of the man who shot him, stole his wife, and ended his career.
Other than seeing the victim die in the vacuum of space, outside the long-range spaceship Hadrian’s Wall, we don’t get much more information about the victim or how someone might even go about killing someone alone in outer pace. What we do get is lots of drama between Simon and his ex (who after years of knowing him somehow doesn’t know telling him not to do something only encourages him to accept the case – that and the large payday).
The setting in deep space and the unusual method of death (as I don’t doubt murder was the cause) proves an interesting backdrop for the mystery. However, I’m not quite sold on the art of Rod Reis or the foundation laid by co-writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel which isn’t strong enough to guarantee I’ll stick around. Hit-and-Miss.