If it means putting yourself in danger, do you have to come forward as a witness?
Teenager David Boone and his friend Robbie witness a brutal murder. Boone talks Robbie out of going to the cops, and a few days later, Robbie’s killed in a drive-by. Boone and their friend Andre witness Robbie’s killing, but neither is willing to talk to the cops. When Boone is wounded and Andre killed at Robbie’s funeral, Boone is well and truly scared. Boone’s classmates call him coward; his dad sends him to a therapist. Detective Rylander practically begs him for help, but it takes another, unrelated murder to prompt Boone to come forward as a witness. Award-winning, Canadian writer of teen thrillers McClintock tries her hand at the graphic format with mixed results. Boone’s reasons for not coming forward are complex and interesting, but most of the supporting cast members are one-dimensional. The mystery Boone solves surrounding the unrelated murder will engage more than Boone’s repeated resistance to being a witness. Deas’ scratchy, mostly black-and-white panels look more like sketchbook filler than finished work; the characters are often hard to identify, and their emotions, not to mention ages, are difficult to gauge. However, the use of red as an accent in moments of violence is effective.
Bodies pile up around Boone like he's some teenage Jessica Fletcher, straining credulity but not sparking much interest. (Graphic thriller. 13 & up)