Review: The Last Contract #1

LastContract_001_B_IncentiveHitmen are officially a genre by itself and for good reason, as fits many different genres, starting with the obvious of crime, where it definitely deals with the underworld. Movies that often come to mind are Hard Boiled and both volumes of Kill Bill. The other genre that comes to mind are thrillers, as they often deal with some type of searing situation, that often interferes with their job. The most infamous that comes to mind when thinking in this type of situation, is Golgo 13.

The one movie about hitmen and their sort that I really enjoyed and had quite a comedic element to it was RED. The actual comic offered glimpses of comedy throughout while giving the reader a view of how it really was to do a job so dangerous while getting old. The movies played more into the comedy, while offering the viewer the different extremes and personality types within this world. I often wondered if those characters did not retire but kept on actually working in this world.

This is what The Last Contract attempts to answer as we are introduced to Man, as he is referred to in the book, as his semi enjoys retired life. That is until someone breaks into his home to attempt to kill him, but just like muscle memory, he finds his hibernating skills back at work, slicing the killer’s throat. He is now in a predicament where he has to find out who and why there is a contract on him. By issue’s end, you find a pragmatist of an assassin, who is pretty self aware of his age and his agility, but the reader can definitely tell there is more to the Man, to be revealed, before story’s end.

Overall, a story that definitely has some of the best elements from RED and Unforgiven. The story by Ed Brisson, starts off pretty predictable but by issue’s end, you don’t care much, as he shows how much of a master storyteller he is. The art by Lisandro Estherren is beautiful and irreverent. Altogether, a strong story with equally beautiful illustrations, which will definitely give you a different view of this world.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Lisandro Estherren
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Read

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