Wyrd #1: X-Files For Hire

Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colorist: Stefano Simeone
Cover Artist: Antonio Fuso
Publisher: Dark Horse
Type: Ongoing

From The Publisher: “There are problems, cases, too strange for US law enforcement to solve. Pitor Wyrd is the one who solves them–for a fee, of course. An unaging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange, Wyrd is the one the government calls when things go very badly and very strange.  This issue: Crimea. A failed attempt at recreating a certain US supersoldier. A monster roaming the countryside. A trail of bodies.”

It’s really not clear whether Wyrd is pronounced weird or wired. But both are applicable. Pitor Wyrd is a cross between Constantine and Fox Mulder. He handles cases that are not… normal. But he’s more of a mercenary than a superhero. And he heals insanely fast. Useful when you take a kick to the ribs from a very large hulk of a man.

In a style that harkens to the recent James Bond series, this is a book where the art is low in detail and the story is light on dialog. The reader is expected to fill in the spaces with their own imagination. And, like 007 before it, this style works exceedingly well in telling a story like Wyrd. The writer, Curt Pires, is known for rich stories such as The Fiction, Pop, and Shutter. This native Calgarian knows how to write.

Triggered…

I need to explain my “low in detail” comment: the art is a style that gives the reader some white space to fill in what should be there. Too many books nowadays think they have to fill every section of every frame with content. While that works for some stories out there – it doesn’t work for all of them. Antonio Fuso walks the fine line between overly simplistic and avant-guard to the point where it’s a comfortable read.

It’s hard to pigeon-hole this book so early in its run. But it’s clear that anyone who like stories from X-Files to the supernatural style books will enjoy this. And if you are already reading the James Bond series from Dynamite, you’ll love this and vice versa.