Writer Patrick Killik and artist Elias Martins Dubious Tales stands out from the usual smaller press fare on Comixology as there’s not one spandex clad, biceps or cleavage busting character on display which makes a nice change. Plus there’s something nicely traditional, even EC Comics about the cover. As for the plot, the official blurb is;
Authorities have caught wind that someone is supplying a rogue Japanese admiral with illegal war materials out of 1930’s Port of San Francisco. A mysterious group called the New York Committee have given American baseball player Moe Berg and Australian explorer George Hubert Wilkins the mission to uncover the truth behind the rumors.
Now I’m even more interested. It’s an interesting concept drawn from the sort of comic that littered the early decades of American comics before the superhero battered all to submission.
Martins art is a bit crude in places, especially some of the figure work but there’s clear signs that here’s a talent in the making. He certainly understands comic storytelling and clearly lays out his panels so you can follow the story, something of a lost art with flashier, ”Big Name’ artists at Marvel or DC.
As for the story, Killik weaves a sort of 1930’s Mission Impossible mixed with a pulp feel that’s solidly fun and entertaining, again something many writers could learn how to do in mainstream American superhero comics.
I love the old pulp strips and this is shamelessly nostalgic for them. It is a bit thin on action, but it’s nice to see a comic take it’s own pace to get to where it wants to go and make it interesting in the meantime.
So, if you want something different to superheroes and endless fantasy epics, give Dubious Tales a go. It’s worth it!