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Review – The Last Days of American Crime #3

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Last Days #3 Cover A MaleevWritten by Rick Remender with art by Greg Tocchini, The Last Days of American Crime #3 is the finale to Radical Publishing’s amazing “end as we know it” noir(ish) crime heist comic book.  The third issue absolutely pays off and taken as a whole, these three issues together are a fantastic read.

The heist of the century is finally here. With his team together, his scheme in place and the score set, Graham, at long last, is ready to pull off the last and greatest crime in the history of the United States. But even if the plan goes off without a single hitch, what can he do when the American Government decides to activate their anti-crime broadcast during the job. Will the last day of American crime end with Graham and his team as millionaires, or will they spend the rest of eternity wondering where they went wrong?

The stunning conclusion to the critically acclaimed miniseries written by Rick Remender (Punisher, Fear Agent) with art by Greg Tocchini.

It’s the final hours before a signal makes it impossible to break the law.  There’s a count down element plus some twists that come into play at the end.  Everything you’d expect from a good noir story is there.  A femme fatale, hard nosed criminal, twists and turns and crazy heist.

This one issue is really good, but all three together are fantastic and a great read.  Definitely pick them all up when they come at as a trade if you haven’t yet, but definitely finish off the series when this issue is released this week.

Plot: Rick Remender has it all when it comes to a crime/noir comic but at no point does it go over the top.  Take all of it with an interesting setting a  country where it’s about to become impossible to do bad and you’ve get a sense of foreboding along with the crazy twists and turns.  The end has some many you’ll neck will hurt from it all.  So, so good.  Rating:  9

Art: I really like Greg Tocchini’s art.  It fits the setting perfect and is really solid.  The use of angles and colors set the mood perfect.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: There’s so much this series reminds me of, but at the same time, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.  The story is fantastic, the art great to look at, overall top notch.  This an absolute buy.  Overall rating: 9

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 56 pages    Price: $4.99    Release Date: 9/1/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.