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The first issue of the Bunisher story was produced in my last few months at Edinburgh University from February to May 2000. The terraced tennement style architecture of the city very heavily influenced the buildings in the strip, although the story is not specifically set in Edinburgh, or any particular city for that matter (even though the picture above would suggest the location is Manhattan!)
This debut issue was reviewed in Comics International, which was a huge motivational boost for me to continue the series. The review ran as follows:
"Beginning a series with a 28-page, almost wordless fight scene is a daring move - and [Gordon] Johnston succeeds in making me wish to read on and find out what this is all about! Perhaps too much fine line cross hatching is used, weakening the art rather than adding depth to it, but it's well paced and attractive enough. (MK) 5/10 "