Titan Comics is putting a spin on the classic '70s revenge thriller - and they're about to do it with some genre experts behind the wheel. The new graphic novel, Normandy Gold, follows the pursuits of the titular character, a sheriff who begins investigating the murder of her younger sister in Washington, D.C. Along the way, she uncovers a path to a greater conspiracy involving prostitution and political cover-ups that could lead all the way to the White House.
Crime novelists Alison Gaylin and Megan Abbott co-wrote the story with art by Steve Scott. In an interview with THR, Gaylin and Abbott admitted that their inspiration was derived from the various political thrillers of the '70s era. "The gritty look, the relentless pacing, the deeply flawed heroes and the dizzying unpredictability of films like The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men and The Conversation resonated with both us, as did the creeping, this-could-really-happen sense of paranoia they continue to inspire."
While writing Normandy Gold, however, aspects of a story set decades earlier proved to be timely even while the two plotted out their narrative. Abbott added that delving into the anger of the main female character proved to be a cathartic experience.
"I think we were also very interested in exploring female rage and vengeance. So many great '70s movies — from Dirty Harry to Taxi Driver — deal with avenging men and they tend to be portrayed as either bad-ass heroes or darkly glamorous anti-heroes," Abbott said. "But what about an avenging woman? Especially one operating in men’s arenas, be it prostitution or politics. Normandy’s rage was so satisfying to write about because she gets to act on it. That’s the other part, of course, that seems very timely now."
You can watch a preview trailer for Normandy Gold below, and pick up the graphic novel when it's released on April 10.