Written by the author of the Dexter novels, Jeff Lindsay, this series comes with a lot of promise and potential. How often is it that the creator of a best-selling fiction property continues to write a character once they're adapted into comic book format?
For a fan of the show, this will be a change that doesn't come easy at first. It's hard to disassociate Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and others from the likenesses of these characters, but by the end of this first issue, it seemed like less of a problem.
From a storytelling perspective, this issue very much follows the same formula as the books and show. Dexter encounters a 'bad guy', does his thing and then interacts with the rest of the cast. One huge change that is difficult to readjust to is that Dexter's wife, Rita, is still alive here in the comic, and is a large part of this issue. Since Rita has been dead for four years on the television show, this changes the entire perspective of the whole environment.
Visually, it's nice what can be done in this medium that can't be on television, like the visualization of Dex's "dark passenger" when he is on the hunt, or even feeling angry. That is a nice touch that adds some atmosphere here in the comic.
I'm not sure that this comic will necessarily appeal to many people, but for die-hard fans of the world of Dexter, this is one more welcome addition.