Review: Assassin Nation #1

Assassin Nation #1

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.

Created by writer Kyle Starks and artist Erica Henderson, Assassin Nation #1 is a fun send-up of the assassin genre. It plays with some tropes and delivers a first issue that’s over the top in its violence. There’s a Tarrantino quality about it all with blood and guts flying everywhere.

The concept of the comic is so simple yet so brilliant introducing us to the world’s greatest assassins and hitmen who are hired to protect someone who has an issue with someone trying to assassinate him. That plot would be enough alone but the team has included some teases of further plot points that should make this series a bit more than its initial concept.

The series could easily just be a serious action thriller by Henderson’s art delivers a more comedic take on the genre. Taking the violence to that next level is so silly to look at, it’s hard to not chuckle at the ultra-violence presented. Blood splatters. Brains fly. When things get going, there’s a Looney Tunes aspect to it.

The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that’s so over the top, it’s hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Erica Henderson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review