A few months back I coined the phrase Hawkinsverse… that would be Top Cow series created in part by Matt Hawkins. Those books are The Tithe, Think Tank and Postal. This August we get to see those three worlds collide in Eden's Fall. I just finished reading the first issue by Hawkins, Bryan Edward Hill and Atilio Rojo and I've got an exclusive early review for you.
The premise for the series is simple… FBI Agent James Miller (The Tithe), with the help of Dr. David Loren (Think Tank), is going after a sociopath named Thorton who has disappeared into Eden, Wyoming (Postal). The plan is to send James Miller into the town with a cutting edge camera to track down Thorton. Pretty simple plan, but of course it goes south.
These three books merge together perfectly. Nothing feels jammed in or superfluous. The characters are doing exactly what they would do in their own series. The tension is ratcheted up pretty quickly as we see that Thorton is going to butt heads with the folks in Eden, Sam is not happy James is going in undercover and Miller is seriously underestimating how good the set up in Eden is.
The interesting thing here is that this story would work fine without the connections to the other series. It's written in a way that having read the other series are not necessary. But it provides added background. Someone could pick this up fresh, fully enjoy the story and then go read the other books if they want to.
Atilio Rojo's work here is very nice. It fits well into the look of the universe that has been created by Rahsan Ekedal and Isaac Goodhart. The characters are instantly recognizable and Rojo convey's a sense of tension and emotion that works really well for the story.
Eden's Fall #1 is an excellent opening chapter to a crime thriller, only made stronger by it's connections to the other Top Cow series. Look for it this August.