Image Comics 2016
Written by Frank J. Barbiere
Illustrated by Victor Santos
So last issue we saw one of Daisy’s adventures with Rock and that one was a double edged sword. Why because there was love at first sight and Rock ended up dying as well. Then we went back in time a bit to see how her life got started with all this and her connection to Johnny Nails. Still it was a very interesting and explosive first issue that grabbed your attention and didn’t let go. Plus I really did like Lou and the way the story started with the young lady wanting to learn more about them after seeing the wanted poster on the wall. I thought the way this was being told through both facts and through friendship was a pretty brilliant route to go.
That we continue with Lou telling tales of Daisy’s life is wonderful for me. When I first started reading this I worried we wouldn’t get them but thankfully Frank knows how to continue using what works.
So when we left off Daisy’s dad had been killed and she dropped out of school to get her revenge. This issue we pick up with a very inexperienced and young Daisy figuring out this new life and establishing a pattern that we’ll see throughout the book, i’m assuming since we kind of saw it last issue as well. As Lou brings her life to life for us as best he can from talking to her over the years this is the story he’s telling.
I love the storytelling here! Frank is able to really delve into Daisy and show us the anger and the inexperience alongside all those walls she’s built up over the her past year, since seeing her dad die and being shot herself. It’s not easy to show someone so complex and complicated like she is so effectively and Frank seems to do it with ease here.
I am really enjoying Victor’s work on the interiors here. The use of page layouts through angles and perspective not to mention the backgrounds are really well utilised to get the reader involved. He’s got a great unique style all his own that really shows off the expression and emotion of the characters.
This issue Daisy has been running around with Charles using him to find a way to get to Johnny Nails. This issue also highlights how she meets Rock Bradley for the first time. So that Frank started with how their association ended and then loops back to their first meeting and then moving forward from there well it’s just a great circle of storytelling. Also the more I think about it the more I want Lou to be the cop she met, fell in love with instantly and how he knows all this. While that may not be quite what it is that I’m thinking along these lines is another thing Frank does. He gets us to think about the story in broader terms than what’s happening on the page and gets you involved in it in ways you don’t always expect.
Something that struck me when I was reading this issue is that it’s like something we’d see as a movie on Lifetime or feature on one of the American Justice style stories on Escape. It’s totally gripping, interesting and fascinating to watch Daisy’s evolution and we can’t wait to see where it all ends up!