Published by Vertigo Comics on August 25th 2015
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THE NAMES is a contemporary thriller that starts off as a revenge story: A deadly heroine ticks off--and kills--each "name" that brings her closer to knowing who killed her husband. It will become much more than that...
The world of THE NAMES is Big Money. Hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, market raids, flash buys. Incredibly high end deals that ruin lives and economies, where secret cabals gamble with people's lives and jaded billionaires find their kicks the only way they know how. The idea is to take what's REALLY GOING in the poisonous, deadly world of high speed, high stakes finance but really TURN IT UP, push it to the edge and make it sexy, dramatic, and thoroughly deadly.
It's about righting all the wrongs by any means necessary. It's KILL BILL meets WOLF OF WALL ST. in a world that's become Too Big to Fail. It's a relentless thriller that seeks to unlock the DA VINCI CODE that lies at the center of the world's finances as the people who really pull the strings in the world finally get what's coming to them.
The world of high finance has a profound but mysterious effect on all of our lives, yet is understood by too few of us. PETER MILLIGAN, an incredibly talented writer who's always been able to mine the zeitgeist for memorable stories, wants to create a compelling drama set in this world. LEO FERNANDEZ will bring a slick, sexy visual appeal and together make this another must-read book for VERTIGO.
Collects THE NAMES #1-8.
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The Names started, for me as a great premise that has a lot of potential and ended being a lot of potential wasted.
The story starts with the murder of Katya’s husband and then starts to develop a more complex conspiracy theory scenario that’s built in a very well written mystery, the crappy part starts when Katya becomes this underrated character and we never find resolution as to what The Names really is, because working under the premise of “this is so heavy and complicated you wouldn’t understand” just shows lazy writing, world building and underappreciation of the reader’s intelligence.
Katya’s character development suffers despite being this badass black woman with great revenge fuel energy, focusing on the stepson with attitude problems.
I don’t want to emit a big judgement here bearing in mind I just got into a few numbers of the series, but I’m going to go on a limb and think the next issues aren’t going to address the problematic stuff going around it. I think giving it 3 stars is a lot but the art and illustration is line is refreshing and was what got me mostly hooked even when some frames had a lot going on.