As issue number three of The Black Hood opens, Greg Hettinger is about as low as he can get – he’s maimed, he’s a drug addict, and now he has been arrested. Just the sort of character you would expect to find in a noir comic series written by Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos.
Fortunately for Greg, his imprisonment is short-lived. However, his memory of that humiliation will not be. It is because of this that he knows he must find out who it was that framed him. As he ratchets up his vigilante behavior, he simultaneously begins his own off-the-books investigation.
His only allies are his former partner and his speech therapist; and even they do not know that he is The Black Hood. Readers will begin to see the hard veneer of Greg’s tenacity start to break down as he realizes that Jessie Dupree may really care about him and his well-being.
This issue also allows readers a deeper look into Greg’s past. Sepia-toned panels give insight into relationships within the Hettinger family. No doubt this will become a further factor as we continue to explore the events that have shaped Greg Hettinger and allowed him to so quickly adopt the moniker of The Black Hood.
In standard style, The Black Hood issue three ends on a cliffhanger. It’s only a matter of time before Greg finds out who is behind the plot to frame him. The answer to the question “Who is above you?” can only lead both Greg and fans to the truth of “Who is ‘The Connection’?”
Disclaimer: A print copy of this comic was provided to BOLO Books by the publisher. No review was promised and the above is an unbiased review of the comic.