Writer: Rich Tommaso / Artist: Rich Tommaso / Image Comics

Dark Corridor is a new series from Image written and drawn by Rich Tommaso. Unlike regular ongoing series, this one’s intended to have several different stories under the “umbrella” title, like a crime version of when you watched Tales from the Crypt as a kid. At least I think that’s how it’s supposed to work – it’s somewhat unclear how the series will look down the line, but we do know that it evolved from two older comic scripts from 2007-2008 until it took the form we now have in our hands.

How did it turn out? In terms of storytelling, Dark Corridor #1 found its footing and got intriguing after a slow start. I found myself feeling somewhat ambivalent about the start of the series, not because of the story itself, but because I don’t very much care about the protagonist. At least not yet, I don’t. The story uses one of the fundamental strategies to make a character likeable – in this case, rescuing a dog – but our character has a ways to go. Who did catch my attention though is the dog’s actual owner, introduced towards the end of the issue. And with that, the story has some legs.

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One gripe I had came during the opening pages, and was rather minor, but still a pet peeve worth mention. Where comics should tell their stories through two angles – one through words and another through its artwork – Dark Corridor did fall into the mistake of redundancy. One example is a panel showing a dog covered in blood. “You’re covered in blood,” our protagonist explains, while readers are looking at the same. A minor detail though, and the story more than made up for it during a fun voiceover scene highlighting a motorcycle robbery to the tune of J. Cole’s “Tale of 2 Cities.”

Last night, she pulled up to a killer on his bike, like… nice watch. Run it.

Overall, Dark Corridor is a decent start for a comic I was skeptical about. Admittedly, I didn’t plan on reading a second issue even before reading the first, and I’m glad I was wrong. I don’t know where it’s going, but I’ll go on the ride for now.

7 out of 10

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  • Jordan Calhoun is a writer in New York City. His forthcoming debut book "Piccolo Is Black" is a celebration of the common adaptations we made while non-diverse pop culture helped us form identities. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @JordanMCalhoun

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