A mysterious murder begins the new comic-book miniseries “Point of Impact” from writer Jay Faerber and artist Koray Kuranel.
The miniseries, from Image Comics, will follow the investigation into the killing.
“‘Point Of Impact' is a 4-issue miniseries that starts with the murder of a woman named Nicole Rafferty, and follows the investigation into her death from three separate points of view — the homicide detective assigned to the case, Nicole's husband and Nicole's lover,” Faerber said in an email interview with The Oklahoman. “All three of these people are trying to find out who killed Nicole (and why) and readers will get a unique murder mystery by seeing different threads followed by different people.”
Faerber is well-known for his superhero series “Noble Causes.” But “Point of Impact” isn't Faerber's first foray into crime and mystery. His most recent comic book, from Image, is the crime series “Near Death,” and last season he worked on the neo-noir CW television series “The Ringer,” which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar.
“I've always been a big crime and mystery fan,” Faerber said. “It's a genre I really love, so tackling this story was a lot of fun. I like stories that are like puzzles — with twists and turns and outcomes you didn't expect. A lot of my superhero work was structured like mystery stories, as well. I just really enjoy that approach to storytelling.”
In “Point of Impact,” the main characters are Mitch Rafferty, Abby Warren and Patrick Boone.
“Mitch is Nicole's husband, and he's an investigative reporter for the city newspaper,” Faerber said. “Abby's a homicide detective and knew Nicole as a friend. Boone was having an affair with Nicole, and he's an ex-soldier who uses his military training to look into her death.”
Each of the characters looking into Nicole's death has different talents and motivations.
“These three people not only have different connections to Nicole, but also have very different approaches to investigating her death and their different approaches yield different and varied results,” Faerber said.
The miniseries will be presented entirely in black and white, which was both an economic and artistic decision.
“This was something that I thought would look cool, visually,” Faerber said. “It was also an economic consideration. We wouldn't have to pay a colorist so there'd be one less ‘mouth to feed,' so to speak. But I knew Koray is such a strong artist that approaching the book in stark b&w would really show off his art. We're even making the covers b&w, plus any interior ads. I want it to be a whole b&w package.”
Kuranel, a graphic designer and commercial artist living in Turkey, was introduced to Faerber through former “Noble Causes” artist Yildiray Cinar.
“Koray's done extensive work as a storyboard artist, and you can totally tell when you look at his sequential work. He really knows how to tell a story,” Faerber said. “There are a lot of silent sequences in ‘Point of Impact,' simply because his art is so effective I didn't need to clutter it up with word balloons or captions.”
“Point of Impact” is on sale now at comic-book shops.