Murder by Mail #1 from Source Point Press is a unique comic book experience unlike anything currently available. You’re a Private Investigator working for Illicit Investigations, Inc. in Cleaver County, and your first client just brought you a case you’ll never forget…
As comic book fans, we are always on the lookout for something new and out-of-the-box to quench our thirst. Murder by Mail #1 was just that, a fully interactive comic book that promises a unique and thrilling experience. Created by Joshua Werner, this comic book takes readers on a mysterious journey to solve a mystery.
The central theme of Murder by Mail revolves around the unsolved murder of Annie Donovan’s father in a hit-and-run case – with an uncanny resemblance to her mother’s murder, which happened just months ago. The unique feature of the comic book is that the reader interacts with the plot; by following along with Annie’s investigation, you become part of the story. Woven through the plot are clues and hints, helping you discover the identity of the killer as the story unfolds. This kind of interactive storytelling reminded me of the Hunt A Killer board game series, only in comic book form.
The book takes an entirely different approach to comic book design, employing a more realistic artistic style of detective paperwork imagery and less illustrations. The design also incorporates various interactive elements, which makes you feel like you’re a character in the story. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before in a comic book.
It’s worth noting that this comic book experience may not be for everyone. The story is more interactive than the general comic book reader might be in for, but worth the experience. People who are looking for the standard comic book experience may find this unusual. However, if you’re looking for something different, Murder by Mail is worth checking out.
The story and mystery keeps you engaged and guessing till the very end and challenged me to use my intuition and persistence to stay ahead of the mystery. The interactive approach adds another layer of engagement to the comic book, making you feel like you’re playing a game while reading.
Joshua Werner and the team at Source Point Press really thought outside the box on Murder by Mail and it was worth the read.