Review – Whore

When I saw there was a graphic novel called Whore coming out, the first thing I thought was, “man this is going to be hard to market.” I then looked past the title and what the story was actually about “what if James Bond had no morals and would work for anyone who could pay him?” Ok, you’ve got me with that pitch, I’m interested.

The graphic novel is a solid, entertaining read. Written by Jeffrey Kaufman with art by Marco Turini, the story follows Jacob Mars as he goes through life after being fired. That’s really the story, what will a person do to keep paying the bills after being let go. What are they willing to sell? Except, Jacob’s previous job was killing people for the U.S. government. That makes his choices a bit tougher and limited.

Now we come back to that title, Whore. Jacob is one in every single way. While people think of the usual connotation of someone who sells their body, Jacob is selling his soul. Whether it’s by killing people, or selling his body, he cares about those dollars.

The story is entertaining with a lot of action that keeps you hooked. It’s an action comic as I’d fully expect with explosions, over the top situations and enough twists to keep me on my toes. This is a fun 80s action movie in every sense and that’s a good thing. Some times you want that type of entertainment.

Turini’s art is solid as well. He’s got a nice flow to the action and the characters are unique, both men and women. It’s not the same face with different hair color and the scenes are clean in their look. There’s quiet moments of just talking and great action scenes and he pulls them both off.

The story is a solid one, with some great art and for only $9.99, it’s a steal as far as what you get. If you like action comics featuring CIAish characters running around killing bad guys, this is up your way. Pay no attention to the title, you’re not selling yourself short if you grab this graphic novel in September.

Whore is a 112-page full-color paperback being published by Zenescope and will be on sale in stores early September 2012 for $9.99.

Story: Jeffrey Kaufman Art: Marco Turini Publisher: Zenescope

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

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