David Liss is a new writer to me, but I have to say that I am impressed with his style. This book takes place in a very dark part of our modern history, and explores the subject of vigilante heroes set in that framework. Liss really seemed to capture the speech and mannerisms common to that time, and at no point did I feel that it was artificial or stilted. What really caught me off guard was encountering a character that is a major villain within the history of the Marvel Universe, but encountering him at a time before he really grew to that level of fame. I hadn’t expected to encounter anyone from the history of the universe, so finding him in so innocuous of a role was unexpected. Even so, you get a bit of the vibe that we now expect from that character (and no, I am not going to spoil it by telling you who this character is) and you can see just a hint of who he will grow to become.
The artwork did a fantastic job of carrying the noir-like flair that always seems to pervade works set within this time period, and really complemented the story. All in all this was an excellent book, and while I believe that this was a one-off book I really hope to find that they revisit this cast of characters again and tell of their further adventures.