Post by tealproductions on Aug 1, 2022 10:34:26 GMT -6
We open this strip in Wildwood Cemetery home of The Spirit.
Ebony White has brought his lodge brothers Rufus Blandy to meet The Spirit and ask for his assistance.
Using some spooky smoke effects The Spirit meets with Ebony and Rufus and agrees to help them.
Next we attend a lodge meeting with Rufus and Ebony and see the type of disruptions they are wanting The Spirit to fix. After the meeting with more information from Ebony The Spirit investigates the building where the lodge holds it's meetings/
Making his way to the roof The Spirit crashes through the ceiling down to the upper most floor where he finds the setting peculiarly decorated and a couple gentlemen in residence. The muscle is Lupo and the brains of the duo turns out to be non other than Hillary Dale a former owner of the building.
The Spirit figures out Dale's current plan and sets about to curtail those plans. Escaping a whip attack, a plummet into a large water vat, a one on one battle with a much larger Lupo and a short encounter with an armed Hillary, whom Lupo actually defeats, The Spirit escapes just as the police show up.
Ebony drives The Spirit back to the Wildwood Cemetery.
Post by tealproductions on Aug 1, 2022 10:51:57 GMT -6
The opening with Eisner's wordsmithing was awesome! I really got sucked into the setting.
Much, much unfortunate visual and textual unfortunate characterization. Moving on.
I did enjoy the 'ghostly' tricks used by The Spirit to maintain his mystique.
I thought his hideout was beneath a particular mausoleum and not just beneath a plot in the cemetery. Perhaps this will end up moving around as Eisner wills it. It will also be interesting to watch and see if his smoke capsules become a regular feature.
I'm not sure the panels showing the lodge meeting were necessary, just wasted space that could have been used to show more with Hillary later on.
Why did The Spirit fall through the roof/ceiling? Not sure about that on.
The setting was weirdly colored and decorated, puts me in mind of a Steve Ditko construct. Hillary was pretty rough looking I guess to show the effects of the torture he claims in a bit.
I would have enjoyed seeing more of Hillary's whip workings.
It was curious to see the henchman and boss seemingly killing each other. I guess both are indications that they each in their own way deserved it.
Not sure why The Spirit had to beat feet before the cops arrived. I though he was on good terms.