Comic book 'Point of Impact' shows murder-mystery from all sides

Three characters look into mystery from different directions in “Point of Impact,” a comic-book miniseries from writer Jay Faerber and artist Koray Kuranel.
by Matthew Price Published: October 12, 2012
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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.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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