Review: Young Terrorists #1

YOUNG TERRORISTS #1 1The daughter of an assassinated globalist kingpin breaks out of an internment camp and leads her fellow escaped prisoners in a battle against an elitist conspiracy of shadow governments, megabanks, and military juntas in this edgy and subversive political thriller.

The concept behind Black Mask Studio‘s latest series Young Terrorists is, what if “The Smoking Man” from X-Files was a real person, and his daughter found out what he did for a living?

Its been a few days, and I’m still digesting the oversized first issue written by Matt Pizzolo with art by Amancay Nahuelpan. At 80 pages, there’s a hell of a lot crammed into the first issue, which bounces around a bit introducing us to the various players. It almost at times feels like a Tarantino film with the various vignettes coming together towards the end.

The first issue is as brutal as it is thought provoking, almost a Fight Club for the politically active revolutionary set.

This being an oversized first issue, there’s a lot here, and at the same time, there’s still more than enough left out to create a mystery of what’s to come. The use of terrorism and violence to fight corruption will give Pizzolo years of stories ahead, especially in today’s political and social climate. Pizzolo also mines what a small revolutionary group might actually be like in today’s world, how they would insulate themselves, what they’d do to set up shop, in a few pages he creates a world and system that feels real. He also hits some very real issues like Detroit’s borderline “failed state” status. It’s a stark reminder that while this may be a comic, it’s making a statement about the world we live in.

It’s all brought to life through Nahuelpan’s art which is as brutal (in a good way) as the story itself. You can almost feel the scrapes and bruises, each punch, and every bit of violence shown. It’s an awesome combination of writer and artist and Amancay is showing off in this first issue that this is an artist to watch.

While I’ll admit I didn’t catch everything going on in the first issue (nor do I need to), the debut is a hell of a package that will get you to think about it well after you’ve read it. Young Terrorists is a debut that is as thought provoking as much as it is raw and brutal. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Story: Matt Pizzolo Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review