The Indie Index – Review – The Pale #1-2
The Pale opens with coffee, okay I’m listening. The coffee machine is broken and now I feel for these characters. Now that I’ve mentioned coffee and have gotten you invested, let’s talk about The Pale.
Police procedural type comics are great, especially when they’re based in a small rural town where everyone knows everyone. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Only if the dialogue and pacing is right, though. The Pale ticks all of the boxes. Perfect timing, great dialogue and realistic characters.
Fabares’ art isn’t what I’d expect to show up in a comic of the crime genre. I was expecting gritty, loose art which seems to be the trend. However, the lines are crisp and they serve their purpose. The art is almost playful, at times, but you know what? It works. There’s a simplicity behind the art that’s completely endearing. The art fits perfectly to The Pale.
Without giving anything away, the story slowly begins putting things together in a way that would miss the mark in most comics. This is what you’d get if you put Twin Peaks and Fargo together and blended them. The Pale has a back-wooded noir feel to it.
The story weaves a web of tales that one could only guess will begin to unfold as the reader continues on. Throughout the duration of the story, I found myself asking various questions. Some of these were answered and some are yet to be answered – if at all.
The chemistry between the characters force readers to really give a damn about them. With the protagonist Logan, you’re made aware that while he enjoys his role as a sherriff and the people he works with, that he longs for a job with more action – readers see Logan checking his roster and rushing to any interesting call-outs. All the while trying to find a coffee machine that works.
Then we have Franklin “Fink” Ink, an examiner with the FBI, here’s a guy that comes across as dull, and as the story progresses you find out that it isn’t the case at all. Fink has Prosopagnosia meaning that he cannot see the faces of people. Let’s just say that it makes his job a little bit difficult. There are other characters that readers will warm to but I feel it would be best to just let you read the damn comic and see for yourself.
The Pale is created by a wife and husband duo, Sanders and Jay Fabares, who I hope will continue to tell stories together because they totally rock at it.