Review: The Ballad of Sang #1

Kidnapped off the streets of the Philippines as an infant and trained as a child assassin, Sang has never had a childhood. All he’s ever known is killing and the kindness of his master, Chen, the closest thing Sang has to a father. When Sang’s enthusiasm botches a job, it brings the wrath of Don Minchella down on the pair and Chen is brutally murdered. Barely escaping with his own life—and with Minchella’s severed arm in tow—Sang swears revenge, while every gang in the city mobilizes to return him to Minchella, dead or alive.

I love mob movies. I love kung-fu movies. The combination of the two is a perfect thing for me. So, I was excited to go in to read The Ballad of Sang #1 from writer Ed Brisson, artist Alessandro Micelli, and colorist Shari Chankhamma.

The story kicks off with an over the top botched job that pisses off the mob boss they work for. So, things need to be resolved and that involves killing Sang.

The violence is over the top in impressive art that defies the young man at the center of it all. There’s not much known about Sang which is to the detriment of the comic but the focus is the action. It’s over the top violence that has such style to it that it alone is a draw. It’s a bit gratuitous but that’s part of the “fun.”

The series is a genre we’ve seen a lot before, it’s a one person Warriors in a way but that’s a genre I myself enjoy. The first issue nails what’s to be expected with every chance it has. While there’s not a lot of character development, that’s also not really the point. The action/violence is the draw. And The Ballad of Sang nails that with every chance it has.

If you’re a fan of that type of story, this is one to check out, sit back, and enjoy.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Alessandro Micelli Color: Shari Chankhamma
Cover A: Alessandro Micelli with Shari Chankhamma Cover B: Marley Zarcone
Story: 7.85 Art: 8,35 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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