The Sheriff of Babylon

A web of dark secrets, shady deals, and unsolved mysteries. The Sheriff of Babylon chronicles the world of post-invasion Baghdad. Chris Henry tries to unravel what happened to one of the men he was training which leads him to Nassir, a local policeman. They eventually work alongside Sofia as they attempt to figure out who killed Henry’s recruit.

This is a story of uneasy alliances and ever shifting politics. Henry is forced to navigate this morally ambiguous landscape as he discovers that many people are not willing to do the right thing or speak up against injustice. It is a city of terror and fear. Some secrets are simply buried and never spoken of again.

The art here is mostly notable for the sheer detail of some of the images. The city is a densely packed web of people and things and Mitch Gerads does a great job of giving each frame nuance. The coloring is simultaneously poppy, but muted. The images never feel flat, but they lean more towards the side of realism.

There’s enough intrigue at play that I’m interested in reading the next volume. Tom King’s real-life experience gives a life and vibrancy to the city of Baghdad. The characters and the core mystery tease a lot of possibilities to come. It’s a timely, fascinating look at one of the most volatile places on earth.

© 2016 James Blake Ewing