In difficult times, art can be a solace, and a place to examine justice and humanitarian issues. Comics have been a great source for these type of stories and as the cover for The Black Dahlias Issue Zero shows, they aim to tackle some serious issues.
The Black Dahlias opens with a scene all too familiar in our society: a man makes a move on a coworker who is working with him late one night in a hotel suite.
His assault is interrupted by the Dahlias guided by their tech-savvy leader, Effie.They hit the abuser where it hurts (mostly his bank accounts) and rescue the terrified young woman.
I found this story interesting and enjoyed the “just desserts” given to the abuser, but I don’t feel I really know anything about the women behind the masks of justice.
That’s OK because this is just a sample of the larger series to come although I find an emotional connection to the characters works best when dealing with hot-button topics.
Without the balance, the story can be preachy and also fail to capture the interest of the general public.
Though it is nice to read a comic showing empowered women meting out justice, I would love to read more about the main characters. So The Black Dahlias is definitely a comic book to keep an eye on.
By: Kai Charles
About the Author: Kai Charles is a medical professional, Jedi hopeful, and independent book reviewer at Fiction State of Mind. You can also find her on Twitter at @yogikai tweeting about all things related to Books & Geek Culture