Advanced Review: The Broker

Review by David Ferguson

Art by Ruairi Coleman and Brian Corcoran
Written by Wayne Talbot
Colours by Timothy Brown and Wayne Talbot
Lettering by Miriam Abuin

I had a quick look at my review of Lightning Strike issue 7 to see what my initial thoughts were on this story (this book reprints the initial story with art by Ruairi Coleman and Timothy Brown along side new material by Brian Corcoran and Wayne Talbot). I think a lot of it still holds up. I like the fact that Wayne Talbot is telling a story straight out of the headlines though not to the extent that you may think. As discussed in our interview about the book, Wayne had the story written before the whole Trump situation and it is not a reaction to it and is more of a cautionary tale. In any case, I enjoy stories that take ideas from real life and this book does this albeit with the dial turned up to eleven. Even so, it is a bit scary how believable the story of a “broker” controlling situations for their own gain is (I don’t want to go too much into the motivation as it may lead to spoilers). From the art point of view, I really like the design of the tweets and blogposts used to help tell the story (kudos to Miriam Abuin on lettering as usual). I always enjoy Ruairi Coleman’s work and this is no different. He, along with Timothy Brown, should be applauded for their design work. Brian Corcoran takes over from Ruairi Coleman and, although their styles are different, it isn’t a jarring change. I think this is the first full length book I’ve seen by Brian Corcoran and I am very impressed. He has a fine line in his work that I go for and has a realism that helps ground the story. It is also the first book I’ve seen coloured by Wayne Talbot. Colour is something I pay more attention to these days with the explosion of Irish talent in that field and I kind of marvel at how well he has done at his first real swing at bat (baseball analogy used as Wayne is a fan). Wayne has assembled a top notch creative team. Overall, a fictional story that, through no fault of its own, becomes closer to fact on a daily basis but still serves as a cautionary tale on the power of the media and those with political power. Grab your copy at Dublin Comic Con.