This next sequence was an early trial by fire for me in the coloring department. I hadn’t done much comic coloring before starting this book, and I certainly never did anything with tints. So I deliberately decided to make Hes’s headquarters bathed in red light to force myself to step out of my comfort zone. The resulting look actually makes this probably my favorite sequence visually of the first issue. And it’s good I did it since the rest of the story has several nighttime scenes that required more tint work.

As for Dhama Hes, I wanted each mob boss to have specific traits that would make them different from one another. In Hes’s case, he’s of the mindset that information is power, which he alludes to throughout his conversation with Roka. As such, I wanted his headquarters to be filled with monitors showing various stats and info he’d be keeping track of that might affect his criminal enterprise.