Back in March, I posted my first comic review when Dark Circle Comics released the debut issue of The Black Hood. Now, just about five months later, we have reached the end of that first storyline arc. Looking at this work as a whole only further solidifies the fact that with their work on The Black Hood, Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos have added to and altered the legacy of crime fiction comics in a significant way.

As chapter five of The Black Hood begins, Greg Hettinger is in a bad way. He has been through the ringer: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Just as it looks like “The Connection” has gotten the better of him, Greg remembers something that puts the final piece of the puzzle together in his shattered mind. He now knows the identity of the leader of Philadelphia’s top drug operation. While readers are unlikely to be surprised by this revelation, the ultimate outcome of their confrontation is worthy of the build-up and lays the groundwork for future installments of The Black Hood.

If you have been following Greg Hettinger’s transformation over the course of the first story arc, you are not going to want to miss this concluding chapter. And if you were waiting until there was a more complete story to check out The Black Hood, you can now do so. This ending marks a turning point for Greg and we already know the next issue will be a stand-alone story which furthers the mythology of The Black Hood.

If you want to follow the progression of the whole story arc, here are the BOLO Books reviews of the previous chapters: Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, and Chapter Four. These are relatively spoiler-free, but, of course, each chapter builds on the plot developments of the previous chapters.


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.