Review: Days of Hate #1

The United States of America, 2022.
The loss that ripped them apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other towards a guerrilla war against the white supremacy. Now they meet again.
This is a story of a war.

There’s some comics that entertain and then there’s some that make you think. Those really amazing comics are the ones that do both and Days of Hate #1 falls into that category. In a future America where a new civil war has taken place and racism and terror is rampant, we’re introduced to two individuals who are fighting against a local racist group and another whose heart was broken due to radicalism. It’s two stories so far apart yet intertwined due to the state of the world.

Writer Ales Kot has created a world that’s in the future but one that feels like it could be tomorrow. By not placing the story in today, it creates a slight disconnect and in some ways scarier as this what may be. Right away Kot makes it clear this is the path we’re going down and through that we’re able to connect to the story through the fear Kot may be right.

The art by Danijel Zezelj enhanced by colors of Jordie Bellaire and letters of Aidtya Bidikar adds to the mood and setting. There’s a grittiness about it all that adds to the unsettling nature of the world and story. The art style creates a dystopian feel about it all without making it overt. The story also relies heavily on the small details. A swastika, evidence from a crime, the details on a character. All of that adds together to add depth to every character and the story as a whole.

Kot and the team are delivering a story that’s exactly what’s so powerful about entertainment. We read a story whose layers have a deeper meaning and in this case it’s a warning of where we may be going. Some of the best entertainment not only entertains but also acts as a metaphor for the world and this delivers exactly that and then some.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Danijel Zezelj
Design: Tom Muller Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review