Rivers of London: Night Witch #4
Review by Paul Fiander
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colours: Luis Guerrero
Published by Titan Comics
One of the odd things about Rivers of London is the down time the detectives of the Supernatural get while on a case. In most cop related things the action is intense all the time but to add an air of realism rest has to be included. Of course I use “realism” in a very loose as we are talking about a world where magic exists. Now Peter is a bit of a gadget freak but that has not really come across in the series to date but his relationship with Beverly has been front and centre and especially in this issue.
Beverly Brook is a goddess, in fact she is actually the Genius Loci “spirit of the Place” of a river in south west london (again I stress”realism is a very loose term ). Basically it flows from Worcester Park to the River Thames, Ben Aaronovitch uses the rivers of London throughout his series (see it’s not just a clever name) as each river has a deity and this causes a fair amount of pressure on the magical law enforcement department. Some of the issues are dangerous whereas Beverly is better described as a distraction, a wonderful distraction but a distraction nonetheless. Her abilities to control people are a talent she uses on those not in the know but Peter has side stepped her magical side and instead been captivated by her physical form and larger than life personality.
It is a small issue with the comic series that you miss a lot of the ground work that has been laid in the early books. However the same can be said if you don’t start the books from the beginning. The best way to think of the comic series is information is given on a need to know basis. What we get to know in this issue however moves the plot along at a fair pace as the hunt for the missing girl takes a few twists. These are all well told and even though I know the series are still not totally obvious.
Lee Sullivan continues to draw some wonderful car art but he also switches his style in the beginning of the issue to start you off on a bit of an odd footing before the fun and games begin. As always the art is engrossing and the colours by Luis Guerrero help to make the tone of the comic feel mystical when it needs to be.
This issue gives a great mix of background and plot development. This series has become an essential part of my enjoyment of The Peter Grant series and long may they continue.