Review: Red Winter #1

Red Winter #1

I love a good crime/noir comic and Red Winter #1 delivers the beginning of one in an unusual location. Taking place in Russia, the bleak location adds to the mood of the series becoming a character unto itself.

Written by Michael Gordon, who co-created it with artist Francisco Munoz, Red Winter #1 introduces us to former American detective. He’s broken down now living in Russia working for the mob. He’s called in to investigate a hit on a drug facility. As is the norm of these types of stories, the twists and turns from there are the entertainment.

Winter is both the last name of the detective as well as the season of the city he now resides. It’s coldness on display in the art, the city, and the character. Characters are key here. Each individual we’re introduced to is full of personality that has them shining and standing out in their own unique way. Nazis, punks, more traditional mobsters, and a burnt-out detective, it feels like a checklist but it adds something to the story.

The art by Munoz, with color by Rolands Kalnins and lettering by Nikki Sherman, is solid giving us a gritty style to match the dirty city and broken characters within. It’s a solid match of look and story.

Red Winter #1 is a comic I didn’t have my eye on necessarily though the subject and genre is one I enjoy. After reading this first issue, it’s a series I’m diving in to with each subsequent release. This is also a creative team to keep your eye on. Red Winter #1 feels like a stealth release far too many will miss out on and if you’re a fan of crime/noir stories or 80s films like Red Heat, it’s a comic you need to grab.

Story: Michael Gordon Art: Francisco Munoz
Color: Rolands Kalnins Letters: Nikki Sherman
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review