Last Wednesday I was perusing the selections of new comics on the wall of my local comic book shop whilst James picked up his pull list and I spotted 'Bodies'. The cover grabbed my attention immediately, it has a 1950's pin-up vibe going on. After we left I googled it and read up on the storyline; four murders, four time periods, four detectives. It seemed interesting, so the next day I made James return to the shop with me to buy it.
Boy am I glad I did. This comic is awesome! As I mentioned, it's set over four different time periods, 1890, 1940, 2014 and 2050. Each time period is drawn by a different artist and they encapsulate the feeling of each era perfectly. But that's not the best part.
The best part is that two of the four detectives are female, and not only that but they're real women. By that I mean that they're not dressed in skimpy outfits with skyscraper heels that would make their jobs impossible in real life. It was so refreshing to read something that I felt I could actually relate to, I wasn't looking at this thinking about how implausible it was that these women could actually manage to do their jobs, I was reading and thinking how I could do these jobs too.
On top of that, the modern day female detective is also a Muslim. In a society where The Sun is trying to tell us every day how all the Muslims are apparently out to destroy our heritage, it's great to see a normal Muslim woman being represented in a positive way.
If the awesome art and great characters aren't enough to make you want to pick this up, the storyline should seal the deal. The twist in this mini series is that although there are four murders over four time periods, there's only one body. I really can't wait to see how this plays out!
As always, recommendations for more comics like this would be greatly appreciated.