Review: Chum #1

Chum #1 CoverAn unloved triangle on a small island leads to blood in the water. The series tells the story of Summer Stanwyck, a woman who feels trapped. She tends bar on the island she grew up on, the local cop is about to become her ex-husband, and she’s wasting time screwing the local reefer kingpin.

But when a bag full of cash and drugs falls into her lap, she sees a way out… and anyone who gets in her way is shark bait.

Written by Ryan K. Lindsay with art by Sami Kivela, Chum is an interesting new series from ComixTribe that immediately feels like a solid crime noir with a surf setting.

The surf noir reminds me of the line of crime comics Vertigo published a few years ago, and that’s beyond a good thing, because I loved those graphic novels.

While I definitely would rather read it all at once, the first issue is a solid start that has me wanting to come back for more and see where Lindsay takes it all. The characters are scummy. The crosses and manipulation is straight out of the noir playbook, and the setting is fresh. It’s a lot of fun in other words.

Kivela’s art is solid as well. Each character is unique in their look and design and have personality that you can read just by how they look. It’s some great art that looks fantastic and adds to the indie vibe cred.

The first issue is a must get for noir/crime comic fans and I can’t wait for the next issue.

Story: Ryan K. Lindsay Art: Sami Kivela
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.95 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

ComixTribe provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review