I’ve only recently got in to reading comics and graphic novels, probably in the last 6-9 months really. I have no idea why I hadn’t read more before that, because so far I love them. I’m not really in to the superhero comics (yet), I find myself drawn to more Sci-fi/fantasy style comic. Or just something that looks a bit different.
With that being said yesterday I picked up issue 1 for the new comic series ‘Dead Body Road’ Written by Justin Jordan published by Image Comics.
It is a story of robbery gone wrong, and a man who wants revenge. That man is Orson, he’s man who has just lost his loved one Anna. Anna was at the bank when the job went wrong, she got killed. Orson wants to know who killed her, so he can kill them, all of them. He only has one lead, a hacker who was in on the job, he was the real reason for the bank job, but why? Problem is, is Jimmy Stowe fled when shit went south. Orson needs to get to him before Lake does.
This series has a really old school action film feel to it, with car chases and gun fights. Orson is a man on a war path, and nothing is going to stop him. There were seven in Lakes crew for the job, one died during the heist, so expect six more bodies to turn up.
The action is very fast paced, and the story really flies by, but in a good way. Once I’d started reading, I couldn’t stop until I’d finished. I’ve now read through it again, and still love it just as much, if not a bit more.
The artwork, done by Matteo Scalera, is really good, its very expressive and tells a gruesome tale. It does a great job of brining the action to life on the page.
When thinking about whether I enjoyed something a lot, I always base it whether I want more. And with Dead Body Road, I can’t wait to read more, its just a shame I HAVE to wait.
Issue 2 will be released January 22nd, and I can guarantee that I will be there day one to get it.
But for now, all I can say is, you should definitely read this. Even if like me you have never been in to comics before, maybe now is the time to start?
I found that Frank Miller’s Dark Knight returns and the Dark Knight strikes again are 2 fantastic books that don’t require you to be heavily invested in the characters outside of knowing the basic batman archetype and story, similarly Batman Year One and The Killing Joke.
Marvel civil war isn’t as accessible as the frank miller graphic novels but it’s great to see all the heroes together and there is a great inclusive story there including all the most popular Marvel Heroes. The Watchmen graphic novel is a classic and the film differs enough in structure and direction. If you wanted to give Super Heroes a go these would be the least intimidating start that I can imagine.
I haven’t really read much outside of the hero genre other than the walking dead, and this seems interesting, I will pick it up if I get the opportunity. also totally didn’t realise you were doing a blog, I read through most of the posts, good stuff! have followed on twitter.
Thanks for the reply dude. Yea I was thinking of picking up watchmen. I’ve asked for a fair few for Christmas so will see what I get from that.
If you’ve not tried them yet, also worth working through Sandman and the Lucifer spinoff ones, excellent examples of comics exceeding the general population’s perception of what a modern ‘adult comic’ stands for
Sandman is on the Christmas list!