Image Comics 2015
Written & Illustrated by Rob Liefeld
Coloured bby Jeremy Colwell
Lettered by Chris Eliopolous
First thing you should notice is that this is Rated M for Mature and he’s serious about this it’s pretty violent with sexual situations of an adult nature and it’s probably one of the best books you are going to read this week. Visually I think we could have gotten a bit more graphic but Rob’s been able to really convey some great stuff here nonetheless. I mean the opening of this book alone is so intriguing and while personally i’d love to see a little more intensity in his look and what he does it does manage beautifully to set the tone for this series.
So how did we get to the opening sequence well let’s go back fifteen hours and let the story unfold. Alright I enjoy seeing him strut his stuff as his narration tells us where he is and what he’s up against, to a degree. I’m really quite happily impressed with the whole thing I like hearing him assess the situation and take care of his opponents. It really is a great bit of characterization going on through it all and the artwork is really fluid and the action just flows nicely here.
When Tragedy Ann enters the picture I found myself really appreciating not only the tension Rob creates but also the dialogue because it’s really rather fun in a wicked, flirty and hate you kind of way. Also it shows us what kind of opponent she is and makes more formidable in my eyes.
Back at Bloodstrike Headquarters we seem to be seeing a lot skin. The old mans rear for instance and honesty I would’ve thought he’d at least have a hairy back. Seeing him in full regalia was nice and he cuts an imposing figure. Bloodwulf with his two women, both serving life sentences, was not something I had expected to see and that’s kind of frightful and exciting at the same time. Now his body was impressive as was what was hanging in shadow between his legs, though for some reason his arms seem a little small compared to rest of his body. This kind of nudity we are seeing here really is something I don’t expect to see from Rob but I have to say it’s the kind of thing that makes what he’s doing here stepping out of his normal box even more fun to experience.
The regeneration process we see on agent Alpha was done extremely well it looked pretty freakin awesome and that he’s like a Ken Doll at the moment well yeah that put humor into this that was fantastic. Also in this instance the anatomy was perfectly spot on and wasn’t missing a darn thing except well his junk. The argument the two have about going back to headquarters versus going after Tragedy Ann was a nice way to set up their personalities and the fact that they are intrinsically at odds with one another. The writing and dialogue is good solid stuff and I found myself thoroughly enjoying what was transpiring.
The lead up to the last page was nice it keeps things moving quickly forward and seems to ensure they won’t have time to rest as the rest of this introduction unfolds. Though the object in the jar that needs more definition, the idea is there yes but it looks too nondescript and with the Mature rating you can show more detail. Still what happens is what needs to happen with a good first issue, it draws you in captures the attention and leaves you wanting more. Rob has done an extremely nice job here and I recommend you give it a chance.
The story well crafted, executed and just enjoyable on so many levels. The interiors, the plotting, and the dialogue show a new sense of maturity to Rob than we’ve not seen previously and this has so much promise that i’m truly excited to see what’s next.