Review: The Violent #1

TheViolent01-coverFrom writer Ed Brisson and artist Adam Gorham comes an all-new, ongoing series. Meet Mason, an ex-con and former drug addict who’s trying hard to give up his old life. He’s got more important things to live for now: a wife struggling to contain her own addiction and a young daughter who needs them both. When threatened with losing his daughter, Mason falls into old habits, stumbling through a string of desperate criminal acts whose repercussions quickly become deadly serious.

Brisson is a fantastic writer and he’s put out some thought provoking series in the past, and with The Violent #1 you’ll want to read his notes at the end to get a better idea of that. It’s not that it’s needed, but the experience of reading this first issue is enhanced with director commentary in a way, especially since it takes place in a place I’ve never been, so don’t know much about at all.

Part of what I really like about Brisson’s first issue is its emphasis of the difficulty for someone who has been convicted of a crime to not relapse and fall back in to that life. Here, we’re shown two people who really have nothing but bad choices. They try to do what’s right, but either due to bad situations they wind up in to by accident, or being screwed over by those in charge. You feel bad for them, and at the same time weirdly don’t. That’s impressive to do.

Gorham’s art is solid and fits the tone of the comic which has a noirish/crime vibe about it. This world isn’t clean, and has a slight dirty, lower class vibe to it, and Gorham pulls that off quite well. You know exactly the economic place of our characters and their surroundings and that’s entirely due to the art. What Brisson doesn’t tell us in the dialogue, we’re told through the art.

This was a comic that I felt came out of nowhere. It wasn’t on my radar (sorry Ed and Adam), but after reading it, it absolutely is now. This is a comic I not only recommend for comic fans, but also for folks who don’t normally read comics. We talk about comics that have the ability to cross over like that, and this is a series that absolutely has that potential based off of this first issue. This is one to watch… actually this is one to buy and read.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Adam Gorham
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review