Review: Playboy #1

Playboy #1

Viggo Mortensen is one of those actors whose ability to blend into films is what makes him so magnetic. In each of his films, he brings both a strength and tenderness to the role. Like most pop culture fans, I initially found out about him in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His portrayal of Aragorn in that film was of a reluctant hero, one that people can see in  Kit Harington’s portrayal of Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones.

It this exact archetype which he brings something so personal too, that this wasn’t the only film which he has done this. His most recent work in The Green Book which gave him such gravitas, you can’t help but admire. This can also be seen in History Of Violence, where the character’s true nature comes out in more than one instance. In the debut issue of Playboy, we find a protagonist much like the ones played by Mortensen, whose true nature only requires some gesturing

We meet Leroy Armstrong, a headstrong soldier, who is caught up in a firefight and is pinned down, being one of the only men left in his platoon, and because of his actions get kicked out of the Marines. Fast forward to the present day, where he live snow in a city called Vegas, as he enjoys civilian life, making a living as a Gigolo. He has a woman, a house, and even a roommate, his best friend, Kitchen and a dog, needless to say, his adjustment has been pretty smooth so far. By issue’s end, Leroy gets some unknown unwanted company, in the form of some men dressed in black suits and sunglasses, looking to take his head.

Overall, Playboy #1 is an interesting debut issue that introduces an intriguing protagonist. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell is entertaining. The art by Mikhail Sebastian is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent introduction to this world and these characters.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell Art: Mikhail Sebastian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy