Was he pushed or did he jump? That is the question in Last Line #1 where what seems to be a normal accident turns into a deep conspiracy with dogs, aliens and robots.
Written by Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor, Thunderbirds are Go!, Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger) and illustrated by Jose Holder (X-Men: Apocalypse, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Rainbow Six Siege) with colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick and letters by Dave Sharpe.
Sally Hazzard just had the worst day of her life: While on a usual shift as a driver for the tube, the unthinkable happened when a man is pushed in front of her train and killed. But…there’s something strange here. Sally swears the man was pushed but her supervisors, witnesses and the cc tv footage all show the man falling on his own. Sally cannot let this go, and her investigation into the murder introduces her to an MI-6 agent named Edward Tarn also curious about the so-called accident.
Last Line has an amazing concept and story direction. However, the execution could use a little more flushing out. Characters seem too quick to trust what is happening. Sally Hazzard kills someone, by accident of course, but she gets over the death fairly quickly and trusts Edward Tarn too quick.
Overall pacing is fast as we go from the original reason for the story to the wild world of the conspiracy in this one issue. A lot happens in the first 30-plus pages which could likely have been pushed over two or more issues.
You can always pull me in with conspiracy theory comic book storylines, but Last Line #1 goes a little off the rails and does it quickly.
In the end, the book has me interested in what happens next and how the conspiracy is resolved. Did Hazzard see the dude get pushed or did he jump? What’s with the crazy characters and where does it end.
The second issue of Last Line hits your local comic book shop on October 12, 2022.