Some time ago in Egypt, a mystic is attacked by three strangers. All four display incredible abilities that are truly beyond the capabilities of any normal man. When the attackers start to literally rip him down to the bone, it is clear that they are not normal men. The attackers warn the mystic not to meddle in their plans again. Left alone, the mystic begins to desperately crawl until he is somehow hit by a car in a deserted road in Chicago. The driver of the car is Elliot Ness.
Chin Music is a very interesting book to read, understand, and review. Writer Steve Niles does not reveal a whole lot of what is happening or even what is going on for that matter. Yet at the same time, it is a fascinating read that I am yearning for more. This alone makes Niles such a good writer, being able to develop just enough to pique the curiosity of his readers. Setting a supernatural noir thriller in Prohibition era Chicago with Elliot Ness as the hero is certainly the type of story to draw my intrigue. I may not know what is really going on, but the more I think about it, the more anticipated I am for the next issue.
Adding to the book’s appeal is the artwork by Tony Harris. Harris drew a great book in Obergeist many years ago and it seems that he is not done taking on the occult in a new and fascinating approach. I particularly like the way he structures the panels to the majority of the pages. Many of them are not the general square or circular shapes we are used to. In the opening page alone, there are three panels with the panel lines adding an extra visual design that teases the reader into wondering if there is a deeper meaning behind it. This allows for a more dynamic way of reading the book multiple times.
It will certainly be interesting to see where Steve Niles and Tony Harris go with Chin Music. More importantly, it will be interesting to see what it is really all about. All I can say is that I am very intrigued by how the first issue is developed and am quite curious to check out the next issue. I actually would recommend readers to give it a look and see if this might be to their liking. It’s certainly better than a number of books the big two are putting out.
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