REVIEW: Fishkill #3 (2020)

A comic by Dan Fogler, Laurence Blum, Ben Templesmith

If you have been following my reviews, Fishkill tells the story of a former police detective that ran afoul of his superiors in some sort of incident prior to the first issue. He gets demoted to “bridge duty” which is literally just guarding a bridge in a little police golf-cart. “Coincidentally”, that same day, the bridge became the target of the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil post-9-11, killing hundreds and wounding many more including Fishkill. He wakes up in a sewer without his medication looking for answers, and unbeknownst to him, he has taken the fall for the attack – being labeled as the very perpetrator he is now striving to find.

As of volume three, we see Fishkill dust off his mind a bit, and getting back to the hero status that we all know he would get back into. Coming across and ultimately saving a mysterious girl in the sewers of all places, things start getting weirder and weirder and it seems like Bart might be in over his head with all sorts of shadowy goings on. It seems like we get a short look at the people I presume are the villains of the series, it will be interesting to see how it all comes together in volume four.

“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.”

Fishkill is by no means my favorite comic in anyway. In fact, I’m worried it will end up with a huge let-down of an ending (unless it’s ongoing) that goes too far into the weeds of Alex Jones-ville. It kind of dabbles with many tropes that far-right conspiracy guys get into like government-led child trafficking schemes, proxy wars, and an infatuation with martial law. It seems in the story, the entire attack was simply a catalyst to enact martial law and take everyone’s guns away – something that would be crazy in a more grounded story, but I worry there’s a political motive at work here. I have no idea where Dan Fogler (the actor that played the sidekick muggle guy in the Fantastic Beasts films) sits on the political spectrum, but I worry he’ll go full Frank Miller on us! So far, however, it has been entertaining, and I have liked the build up. I can only assume we are about to get a full book of Detective Fishkill cracking skulls next time, so that will be good.

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