AKA

 AKAS   (Ferret, 2003)

™ and © Ferret Press

Those who read the first of this mini-series’ three issues know that AKA is the Albright-Kristopher Agency. The agency consists of a pair of female private eyes who have taken on a routine case involving a philandering husband. And the readers know that the case becomes anything but routine, when the victimized wife hires them for one slightly more dangerous, and illegal, task.

Those who have read the second issue will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is yet another twist to this increasingly complex case, but they might also be a bit disappointed. While the story remains compelling enough, some production values dropped from those on the previous issue.

Most noticeable is Black’s assumption of the lettering, which is sloppy and amateurish, compared to Naraghi’s. More importantly, though, this added duty seems to have been at the expense of the art, which now looks rushed and careless. This is made all the more disappointing after first seeing Black’s gorgeous cover. Naraghi is guilty, as well, with a couple of lapses in storytelling that undermine his promising talents.

While one would prefer, and expect, to see improvement from issue to issue, these fallbacks are really minor ones, since Naraghi’s story remains intriguing and enjoyable. Whatever its faults, AKA remains a story readers should stay with until its conclusion.

— Jim Johnson

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