Ace colourist Steven Denton has joined the team behind the much-praised Keeper comic with its out-now, long-awaited third issue, the saga of psychotic footballer Scott Winslow on the streets of London where strange, ritualistic murders are taking place. There’s a five-page preview of the new issue here.
Written by Geoffrey D. Wessel, with art by Carlos Pedro (Fast & Frightening), coloured by Steve Denton (Dept. of Monsterology) and lettered by Jim Campbell, Keeper has earned plenty of praise and this new issue has been some time in the works after Jeff Simpson decided to leave the team as a full-time creator shortly after C2E2 2013 (but remains as cover artist for the duration).
“Keeper does for football comics what Dexter did for the Miami tourist community,” enthuses Alasdair Stuart of Bleeding Cool about the comic. “A blisteringly smart, brilliantly brutal take on celebrity, sport and murder, the only goals that get past it are the ones it lets past. Essential.”
“When one knows the identity of the murderer, it’s very satisfying to see the detective(s) think hard, use their intuition, and follow leads that are in the right direction,” notes Claire Naper over on Women Write About Comics of the story’s plot. “Of course, they needn’t be fully correct — right enough is good enough. Maybe better! It keeps the tension strung, lets both sides carry on with their business in slightly closer proximity, and show us more of themselves before the ideas eventually shift and the truth is spotted at last.
“…Both Simpson and Pedro engage with depth in their drawing, and closeness of characters. They both use extreme and varied angles, shake your nerves, really remember that their art needs to form the story.”
If you’re looking for more horror on the football field after Suarez’s antics at the World Cup, Keeper looks like it has it in bloody bucket loads…
• Keeper Comic: http://keeper-comic.com