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Review: Dead End Kids #1

Dead End Kids #1

It’s 1999. Ben, Murphy, Tank, and Amanda are four screwed-up kids from broken homes… but they have had each other. When Ben is murdered, Murphy and his friends set out to find who killed him. They find themselves in the cross-hairs! Dead End Kids #1 is a debut that evokes the long string of coming-of-age tales that have come before. It does it with a whodunnit spin that leaves you guessing.

Written by Frank Gogol, the coming-of-age tale is a solid entry into the genre. It doesn’t bring together the misfits as it does the kids who all have trauma in their lives. Issues at home seem to drive their friendship and it brings you into the story.

It’s easy to relate to the kids. The comic deftly introduces each character and gives you an idea of what’s affecting them. Gogol intelligently uses a mix of dialogue, visuals, and body language to really suck you in. And then the murder and mystery hit. And, there’s more than enough left out there to make you wonder who really is the murderer… if anyone is.

Nenad Cviticanin‘s art is solid and there’s solid work in making everyone unique and there’s more than enough detail to add depth that the dialogue doesn’t. Small details like a beer can or clothing adds to the story and helps explain the world we’re drawn in to.

Dead End Kids #1 is a solid introduction into a genre and evokes films like IT or Stand By Me in the characters and tone of it all. A good debut that’ll have you really wondering who would murder a child and wanting to find out more and solve this mystery.

Story: Frank Gogol Art: Nenad Cviticanin Letterer: Sean Rinehart
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Buy

Source Point Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dead End Kids #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big Spider-Man/Venom event officially kicks off and after such a long build-up, we’re excited to see where it goes.

Agents of Atlas #1 (Marvel) – We got a glimpse of this team during War of the Realms and we want to see more of these characters who definitely deserve more of the spotlight.

Coffin Bound #1 (Image Comics) – the first printing is already sold out. This one’s a hot commodity… if you can find it!

The Death-Defying Devil #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Gail Simone brings back this classic character.

Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press) – A coming of age tale during the 90s as friends need to deal with the murder of one of their own.

Future Foundation #1 (Marvel) – We’ve always been a fan of the Future Foundation so we’re beyond excited they’re back in their own series. Like the FF, they’ve been gone far too long.

House of X #2 (Marvel) – We want to see where Hickman takes this series.

Lois Lane #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue blew us away which has us more excited for the second.

No One Left to Fight #2 (Dark Horse) – For the die-hard manga fans out there. A great homage and love letter to the genre.

Source Point Press’ Releases in August 2019

Dead End Kids #2

Order Code: JUN191916

Things get worse as the kids come face-to-face with Ben’s killer! And, as Murphy continues to take more drastic measures to avenge his friend, Tank and Amanda are faced with the question of how far are they willing to follow their friend down that dark path. Friendships are tested and broken, and that’s not the worst of it as this breakout series from Frank Gogol, Nenad Civiticanin, and Sean Rinehart barrels toward its final chapter!

In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Dead End Kids #2

SAMURAI GRANDPA #3

Order Code: JUN191922

After an encounter with the chimera of the sea, Ojichan finds himself, along with the unexpected companion Astrid, at the gates of the Kingdom of Death. What secrets lie beyond those gates? Can he find the answer to who killed his son and kidnapped his granddaughter? Find out in this next exciting and action packed chapter!

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

SAMURAI GRANDPA #3

TWIZTID: HAUNTED HIGH-ONS DARKNESS RISES #5

Order Code: JUN191925

Ready or not, the final battle with “The Darkness” is at hand as Twiztid, Blaze, A.X.E., and Felicia stage one last desperate attempt to prevent Dr. Fallenlegna’s plan from becoming reality. Not everyone who enters this battle will make it out, though (seriously!) as this horror-comedy erupts in an explosive, emotional, and action-packed over-sized finale!

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

TWIZTID: HAUNTED HIGH-ONS DARKNESS RISES #5

HOPE #3

Order Code: JUN191918

Her home and family destroyed, Hope finds small comfort in the support of her friends from both the Ultra and law enforcement communities. But will a wicked offer from the mysterious Norra Onna provide her a better option to reclaim her life?

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

HOPE #3

FLOPPY COP #5

Order Code: JUN191917

The final chapter of the first story arc finds Floppy Cop fighting his jolliest foe yet – Santa Claus! But our real villain Crossword is about to make his getaway unless Floppy and Carmen can catch him before he ruins Christmas!

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

FLOPPY COP #5

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY #2

Order Code: JUN191915

This second issue in the 6-issue mini-series continues as Harry Houdini brings Hunter to a secret group of some of the greatest minds of the century, where they are studying the supernatural entity known as “The Shifter”. But elsewhere, something is murdering people in the streets! Can the Boston Metaphysical Society stop the slaughter?

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY #2

NORAH Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

Order Code: MAY191908

Norah Volume 1 collects the first 4-issue mini-series from writer Kasey Pierce and artist Sean Seal. Norah and her husband, Dr. James Seizhelm, have developed a drug for an intergalactic branch of the military. It mimicks a synthetic genome, altering the DNA of the subject injected with the serum. Now she makes her living as a “coma fisher”, entering the minds of the comatose to either pull them out or send them to their death.

In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $14.99

NORAH Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

The Rot Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

Order Code: JUN191921

Collecting the The Rot mini-series, plus exclusive bonus content! Dwight Cochran, former assassin, developed cancer in prison. After undergoing a secret procedure funded by the government that destroyed half of the prison, Dwight was reborn as The Rot. With the ability to use his cancer as a weapon, he vowed to punish the wicked and protect the innocent. Heaven can’t stop him. Hell is terrified of him. Man wants to use him.

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $14.99

The Rot Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)

THE LOVE SHE OFFERED #2

Order Code: JUN191919

Despite the threats and blows, Sean keeps claiming he had nothing to do with the death of his daughter. So Brian asks his friend Ross to make a call. Which results in the arrival of a ruthless mob enforcer. Meanwhile, tensions flare between Ross and Earl. Worse, Brian’s wife Vivian is not going to stay home and wait for him. She desperately needs to know what her husband is up to and begins looking for him. A decision that may lead to even more blood.

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE LOVE SHE OFFERED #2

SHAM #4

Order Code: JUN191923

Resident irreverent comic guru, Tim Fuller, returns with Sham Comics #4! This month, Sham turns its caustic eye on the world of medicine in this hilarious send up Golden Age cheese. Paging Doctor Studly Sham! Paging Doctor Studly Sham! Paging… ahhh, forget it.

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $4.00

SHAM #4

Sioux Falls: Part 3

Order Code: JUN191924

Kota’s past has come back to haunt him in the final installment of the first volume of Sioux Falls. Trapped in the spirit world, Kota is faced with the seemingly impossible task of obtaining the feather of the mystical thunderbird in order to walk between worlds and return home. However, the further Kota ventures into the spirit world, the more he learns that his past is every bit as dangerous as the creatures found within.

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $7.99

Sioux Falls: Part 3