When last we saw Jerome Walford’s Nowhere Man the character was learning about his newfound powers and abilities and “coming to his identity” as it were. NYC detective Jack Maguire was attempting to sort through his life while attempting to achieve his perceived personal and professional goals. All in all-the comic presented itself a not so much a costumed superhero story as a police drama with some elements of enhanced abilities layered over the top. Sort of a sci-fi thriller that has Maguire still figuring out how to take advantage of a set of powers that he had somehow acquired. With this third issue, Walford changes things up by ramping up the action and going all action for the course of the issue, as Maguire and his partner/lover Rose, getting caught up in a brutal firefight.
In between the chapters contained in this issue are detailed schematic of Maguire’s suit and how it works, which adds a unique depth to this very intriguing 48-pagem full color, square-bound comic delivers high-octane excitement along with crisp visuals that veritably pop of the page as the action ripples through the book. Something is going on her, and truthfully, we’re not entirely sure what that is, but the action is full-blown whirlwind propelling the story forward as Maguire, Rose and several other cops are storming a building that seems to be stocked with not only the thugs that they are attempting to bring down, but a troupe of Federal agents that seem to be there to reacquire Maguire’s suit, and/or capture the thugs as well
The unshod of the entire tale is that Maguire catches a round and as the episode closes out, is left unconscious and bleeding in Rose’s arms, leaving us just a bit frantic as to where Walford plans on going next with this this thoroughly engrossing tale. In addition to the eye-catching art, clipped and direct dialogue Walford has a powerful way of laying out a page, allowing the eye to move smoothly across the page, taking in all of the dense graphics that he packs onto every page. Characters are not so much constrained by the panels into which they have been placed, but are continually bursting through the confines of the tale as it is being told, always driving the story forward.
Yep, this one is a page-turner, and now that we’ve through though all of the pages of this third volume, we keep picking it back up to thumb through it again as we eagerly await the next installment. Nowhere Man can also be read online. Fans interested in acquiring copies of Nowhere Man, can get them at either Forward Comix or Comixology.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.