Notable for being Greg Rucka's first foray into comics, this whodunit's plot is pretty straightforward: greed, murder, cover-up. You know, the usual. What sets Whiteout apart from the pack is its (dare I say exotic?) locale: Antarctica. Right there, you know this isn't your run-of-the-mill mystery, as the environment directly affects the story.
A lot of research went into this, yet it never feels like that research is just being *dumped* on you. The whole thing's believable and intelligent, grounded in the "Real World". My only problem with it: it's over [too] quickly. Thinking about it, this isn't a bad thing: the story isn't unnecessarily stretched/decompressed.
Still, in those brisk 120-odd pages, Rucka succeeds in making us care for his characters. They are engaging and "real"; they're regular people with all-too-human failings.
Don't miss the sequel: Whiteout: Melt