Snow Blind by Ollie Masters is the kind of under the radar graphic novel that ends up being made into a seriously kick ass movie. Crime Noir that would be getting raved about if it came in another art form. But for those of you that haven’t realized that comic books are literature and have some of the best crime noir stories in the marketplace, then here is one to introduce you to.
Teddy Ruffins doesn’t really fit in. Not at home, not at school, not with the crowd of guys his dad wishes he was like. After all, who breaks into a library just to sit and read? But one day, as his dad is passed out drunk, Teddy snaps a picture and shares it with the guys. It helps him fit in, only someone takes the picture and posts it on the internet. Teddy’s dad was mad but only not just for the embarrassment the picture caused. Soon afterward, someone tries to break into their home. Someone with a gun and Teddy begins to find out that maybe his parents, aren’t who he always thought they were.
What Teddy learns is that his family left Louisiana and moved to Alaska because they had to. Because that is where the Witness Protection Program moved them to and that there were people that were looking for Teddy’s parents. People who wanted them dead.
But the further Teddy digs, the more the truth gets worse and worse. His parents weren’t innocent witnesses and maybe the man with the gun, the man out there waiting, maybe he has good reason to want to kill.
Snowblind, because being a teenage outcast is not enough.
Good, gritty, crime noire in the fashion that would have made Raymond Chandler proud. But think something a little darker and bloodier and with twists and turns that would leaving you knowing that sometimes, there really is no good guy.
A terrific comic and even better story.