Control written by Andy Diggle and Angela Cruikshank, art by Andrea Mutti. Dynamite, 2016. 9781524102685.
A detective who’s made enemies in her department because of her dogged pursuit of the truth? I’m in love. And she looks like Sue Perkins in a Versace pantsuit? Sign me up, like, yesterday.
Detective-sergeant Kate Burnham and her partner Mitch, responding to a report of officers down, find an attempted murder that was supposed to look like suicide. Mitch is killed going after the suspect and Kate is left to follow the trail of the perpetrator. She finds connections to a powerful senator sponsoring a privacy bill and to a media empire that gathers both gossip and blackmail material through hacking and other “Dark Arts” in a department called The Black Room. As more people involved in both the bill and the investigation are killed or silenced, Kate has to risk her job and make alliances outside the force.
I loved that the women in the book had complex motivations. The pace was nonstop, and the conspiracy was delightfully complex. This book is a lot of fun with just enough darkness.