Review: Sons of Anarchy #1

SOA_01_preview_Page_1With no one else to turn to, the daughter of an old SAMCRO member comes to Charming looking for help. The only people standing between Kendra and certain death are the Sons of Anarchy, and, for better or for worse, Sergeant-at-Arms Tig.

I’ll admit it, I’ve never watch Sons of Anarchy. For all of the praise its earned and everyone telling me I should, I just haven’t. That means going in to BOOM!‘s new comic book spinning out of the television show, I was going in cold. I didn’t know the characters or what to expect, other than there’s a biker gang.

I like the outlaw genre, and Sons of Anarchy is a modern version of that, with a Shakespearean twist (from what I’ve been told). In this first issue, you get a sense of that, with an intelligently written script that quickly catches up those of us that are new to the series while still not boring long time fans. Writer Christopher Golden pulls off the difficult act in doing both.

But what really stands out as far as Golden’s writing is what he shows in actions as much as words. From the club’s defense of a poor woman, to how they deal with strangers to a simple act of one visiting their children, in one short issue we get a good sense of who these characters are. And that’s well rounded, mulch-faceted individuals, each with their own personality and motivations.

Artist Damian Couceiro has the unenviable task of taking images we know from television and translating it to the comics page. He pulls it off in a style that fits a motorcycle gang.

Sons of Anarchy does exactly as promised and delivers gun-smuggling outlaw bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities. If you love “guys with guns” like we do, this is that genre at its most elevated. And a series, and setting, you just can’t find anywhere else in comics.

Story: Christopher Golden Art: Damian Couceiro
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review