REVIEW: Fishkill #2 (2020)

A Comic by Dan Fogler, Laurence Blum, Ben Templesmith

When we last left former Detective Bart Fishkill, he was in fairly bad shape- after indulging in some not so healthy hotdogs to brighten a terrible day of policing, he was one of the many victims of a domestic terror attack on a crowded New York bridge. Laying in a pool of his own blood and cursing his luck at being demoted to this very spot on that very day, everything went black. Suddenly we see that Bart is the suspected terrorist plastered allover the news. as readers, we know this isn’t true, but who exactly is to blame?

“Dan Fogler, fan favorite actor in The Walking Dead and J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts, lends his writing talent to an original new comic book title, Fishkill, published by Heavy Metal. Fish Kill is a love story wrapped in a modern noir that takes our hero, Detective Bart Fishkill, so far down the conspiracy rabbit hole that he starts to question his own sanity even to the point of wondering whether if he isn’t the villain in the first place.”

I mentioned in my review of issue #1 that it was interesting that the book went with the PTSD millennial soldier route for the story, as Bart was fairly young when 9-11 happened and was swayed to join the military to help his country because of it. Now, feeling betrayed by that very country, and even leaning heavily on conspiracies that the whole thing might have been a sham, we start to see that he may not actually be as crazy as we think he is. I mean, yeah he’s completely off his rocker insane without his pills, which coincidentally got dumped everywhere in the rain before the blast, but maybe just a tad less.

While I’m not a big conspiracy guy myself, the plot is interesting and I’m very intrigued as to where this story ends up going. I really hope it doesn’t go full-on Alex Jones at any point, but the plot is towing the line so far. It’s almost like a modern noir version of that Mel Gibson movie where all the conspiracies come true mixed with a bit of Sin City‘s Marv for good measure. Don’t let the seemingly crude artwork stop you from checking this out, it’s pretty good.

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