Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes
By Matt Kindt
New York: First Second, 2013. 224 pp. Graphic Novel
In the ten years that Detective Gould has been with the Red Wheelbarrow police force, he has yet to leave a crime investigation unsolved. Even as he wraps up one successful case after another, he is troubled by the sense that he is missing something. As he struggles with a problem he can intuit but not yet fully grasp, a series of seemingly disparate and unconnected crimes are being orchestrated by a person hiding in plain sight. In the process of solving the most difficult case of his career, Gould will face tragedy and question his extraordinary talent for investigation and the very purpose of his profession. This is a wonderfully conceived graphic novel, well written and with excellent artwork. As with his Mind MGMT series, the somewhat rough pencil sketches and the muted colors wonderfully present the characters nuanced emotional states and illustrate action in an understated yet effective way. This is another good example of a graphic novel done right. I would particularly recommend this to anyone who might wish to explore the graphic novel format but are not interested in manga or superheroes.