Hypnotists are always fascinating. The idea that someone could have so much power over your mind is both frightening and thrilling. I’m not sure if it really works or not but it’s sure fun to watch. How much can a hypnotist really do once they get inside your head? Could they make you forget the core of who you are? Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks plays with some of the possibilities.
Archer Coe is a professional hypnotist. His performances are well attended and he has garnered a strong reputation. One night, after his performance, a man approaches him asking Archer to hypnotize his wife to cure her of her frigidity. Archer agrees. He goes to the man’s home and meets the wife. Oddly she seems to know him, yet Archer has no memory of ever having met her. Meanwhile a serial killer, the Zipper, is stalking the streets. Is there a connection between him and Archer?
I thoroughly enjoyed Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks. It had the right feel for a noir story, with layers upon layers of deceit. It’s difficult to know who’s the good guys and who are the bad guys. Which makes it all the more fun. There’s a rich man out for his own purposes, a femme fatale who seems to know more than she should and murders everywhere you turn. The art added perfectly to the atmosphere and gave it the feel of an old movie.
I’m giving Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks 4 out of 5 stars. The first issue is available now on Comixology with the complete graphic novel released in late June. Either one is well worth the read.
Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks #1 (of 14)
Publisher: Oni Press
Written by Jamie S. Rich
Art by Dan Christensen
Pencils: Dan Christensen
Inks: Dan Christensen
Colored by Dan Christensen
Genres: Crime, Pulp, Suspense