This is a detective story set in Antarctica. Certainly an unusual location and one that Rucker uses to full advantage. The unique group of people that live here and the almost alien environment make a superb backdrop. A lot of research has gone into this piece and you do learn a lot, both in terms of hard facts and figures, and the feeling of what life is like down there.
There are two female protagonists and although this is a short four-part volume you do get to see some firm characterisation and feel warmth towards them. You aren’t told who did it but are one step ahead of the investigators and get the chance to solve the mystery just before they do. You will have to wait for the end to get the full explanation though.
The art is black and white newspaper strip – rough around the edges and with block shading. Whilst this monotone is perfect for the albino setting you don’t get as much detail as you might like. It is incredibly dialogue heavy but the art is well thought out with clever framing tricks and cinematic angles. Even in black and white you can get a broad visual palette allowing for day, night, snowstorm, flashback, hallucination and so on. All this and not a single shade of grey in sight.
An enjoyable Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: Whiteout: Melt – Greg Rucka