Story by Gerry Dugan
Art by David O’ Sullivan
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Set in a future where privacy no longer exists due to the cloud being destroyed and exposing everyone’s secrets, people have resorted to more physical methods in order to keep their secrets. Enter Jack McGinnis, a ‘Ledger Man’ who is paid to transport people’s secrets via a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. But Jack has a secret of his own, he is responsible for destroying the cloud and changing the entire world with that action.
Analog is a mix of Brian K. Vaughn’s Private Eye and the Parker series to me. It perfectly captures the noir or hard-boiled detective archetype. While McGinnis isn’t instantly likable, as the story progresses, Duggan masterfully displays how much of a layered character he is. With his job as a Ledger Man, McGinnis is cold and calculating, willing to kill anyone who threatens his assignment. However, later on you can see he has a tender and caring relationship with his father. This ability to add dimension to a character who we have just met in this first issue has me hooked for more of this world.
Flashing back to 2018 prior to the cloud being destroyed, Duggan provides a little insight into the motivations of McGinnis and his role in changing the world. It starts with McGinnis at a party where a man named Allan Oppenheimer offers him a job, but McGinnis has ulterior motives and will use this opportunity to destroy Oppenheimer. I’m quite sure that Duggan’s choice of the last name, Oppenheimer is no coincidence. Getting a postcard from his father, McGinnis goes to visit him. It’s here the story ends with a dynamic shift which I won’t spoil for you. It sets up for issue 2 perfectly and left me wanting more.
The art by O’Sullivan fits the style of the book well, not exactly polished and a little rough around the edges. There is an ugliness to his characters, which adds to the enjoyment of the story. Bellaire displays great ability to cover the more somber moments in the story with muted tones and darker colors. One of the surprises for me is when McGinnis is out on the streets of New York, her colors are much brighter and vibrant which is a detail that I enjoyed and did not expect.
Overall, I highly recommend Analog. It hooked me immediately and has a great premise which I believe many readers will find very relevant to the current technological climate. I’m excited to explore this world and see where the story takes us. If you’re a fan of hard-boiled detective stories, thrillers, or enjoy technology, Analog is right within your wheelhouse.
10 out of 10