At night she can move around the city freely, tracking down the creepy character who's killed one of her girls and abducted another. And when she meets the mystery murderer it's a case of red in tooth and claw. But mostly tooth.
I was prepared to dislike this comic. After all, the least interesting thing about the previous version of Looker - a member of Batman's team of Outsiders - was her latter-day vampire iteration. The fascinating facet of Emily Briggs was that she got what she always wanted, good looks, and found that life didn't suddenly become a bed of roses. She was a superhero but still had the unhappy marriage, the unsettled personality. This version of Emily, though, has always been gorgeous. She's single, so no heartbreak. She went from mortal to Undead without ever being a superhero, without ever wearing one of the most horrible costumes in creation. This girl has style.
She also has my heart. Sure, it's a shame that the Outsiders Looker likely won't appear now, but then again, I doubt anyone was clamouring to revive her for DC's New 52. Taken on her own merits, the new Emily Briggs is a find. A bitch in life, dying brought out the humanity in her; rather than seducing the world, she now has a few close friends, and she looks after them. She's also witty, thanks to writer Ian Edginton in this cleverly plotted and scripted one-off.
Business associates Roma and Charles know Emily's secret, while blind ex-cop and sculptor of the Weird Paul is in the dark. Of the three, I particularly like Paul, because he's drawn by Mike S Miller as slightly older than Emily, with a crinkly humanity - should Looker return after this 'pilot episode', I hope he does too.
Miller finds an appealing balance between temptress and girl next door, and conjures up Emily's high-class world with sharp, economic lines (click on image to enlarge). I prefer Miller's Emily to Guillem March's version in the clever, gorgeously rendered cover illustration - that lady's just a little too sleek for my liking. Colourists Rex Lokus and Antonio Fabela bring the bright to the catwalk and the dark to the city streets, while Emily is both red and dead.
Her adversary, mind, is a nightmare, with a gimmick that would look tremendous on screen. And if he's too scary for you, there's a lovely puppy to calm the nerves.