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Graphic Breakdown: Violent Love V. 1, Mayday V.1, Winnebago Graveyard #1 and Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown!

With five more days until the weekend, let’s talk about some comic books you should be reading!

 

Violent Love Vol. 1: Stay Dangerous
Written by Frank J. Barbiere
Illustrated by Victor Santos
Published by Image Comics

There is no book on the stands currently that is as cool as this title. It’s like a noir film meeting a comic book and it totally rocks. It’s a fast paced joyride from that first panel and the book is addicting.

The story is described as follows: Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley were two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest.

And then they fell in love.

There’s more to it than that. A lot more in fact.

Barbiere writes a hell of a story. It’s always interesting, especially when it feels like you’re reading a guilty pleasure.

The art by Santos is superb. It’s full of excellent linework and has a nice sense of style; It’s great.

Give yourself a treat and pick up this book. It’s awesome and you’re missing out if you aren’t reading it.

RATING: A

 

Winnebago Graveyard #1
Written by Steve Niles
Illustrated by Alison Sampson
Published by Image Comics

I love Steve Niles. I used to buy everything he wrote because I knew it would be of a certain writing quality. I have lost track of him throughout the years so when this came across my desk I read it with glee.

An American family that is on vacation. They come across a small town. They get stuck there.

That town?

It has one of those strange, satanic like secrets that some small towns do.

And that is where the fun begins!

Niles is one of the best horror writers we have. When I say that, I mean not just in comics, but in general.

The art is sharp here and fits the writing nicely. This could be a nice series to pick up from the ground floor on.

RATING: A

 

Mayday Vol. 1
Written by Alex de Campi
Illustrated by Tony Parker
Published by Image Comics

One of the things that Image Comics has done is help create content that is original and challenging.

You have to applaud their efforts. Some are better than others.

Mayday falls somewhere in the middle for me. It’s well done but didn’t hold my interest as much as I had hoped.

Part of the reason it didn’t resonate for me was the Cold War setting for the comic.

de Campi is who you get if you can’t get Ed Brubaker to write your comic.

Again, not bad. It’s just not as fully formed as I would have hoped.

The storyline is about two operatives, one KGB and one CIA, being pursued by both sides. I feel like we have seen it before and that it was better than this.

This art is good. Some scenes are incredibly violent. All in all, this is a semi decent entry into the Image line of books.

RATING: B-

 

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by Mack Chater
Published by Dark Horse Comics

Hot on the heels of the first Briggs Land storyline comes the second part of this epic. It’s awesome.

Let’s just start with that. This is a book you should be reading if you aren’t.

The lead, Grace Briggs, is one of the most morally questionable characters in comics. She’s got so many layers to her, that you can’t help but love her. She’s like the new Tony Soprano.

Briggs Land is about a family who owns a huge section of land that’s under their own jurisdiction.

The family, lead by Grace, betray each other all of the time, and are constantly plotting in Shakesperian ways.

That’s a testament to the sharp writing by Wood, who excels here.

The art by Chater is super good, too. He and Wood work in harmony to create a good book. This is going to be a tv series so pick it up quick!

RATING: A

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