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Review: Vindication #1

Vindication #1

The return of True Detective has given audiences everywhere quite a complex view of what police officers have to go through in solving cases. We’re taken to three different timelines of two police officers on one particular case. This new season is its most socially relevant as well as its most layered. We get to see how race and the evil men do have intertwined in some of America’s most forgotten corridors.

As in today’s news, the relationship between the police and black communities are just as volatile as it has ever been. The only difference today is the ingenuity of social media and the speed of how fast news is delivered to the world. In the new series from Image Comics, Vindication, we meet one detective who walks the blue line, as he must investigate one suspect which pushes those boundaries.

We meet Turn Washington, an ex-con who served ten years for a crime he may not have committed. We also meet Detective Chip Christopher, the police officer who put him behind bars, and who is determined to see him back there for good and is put with a new partner, Detective Maggie Cruz, who may have her own agenda. As the new partners are called to a murder scene, they find out the victim was a juror on Turn’s case, as Turn is instantly a suspect for this murder because of this. By issue’s end, Chip becomes the focal point of an Internal Affairs investigation, one where he will he walking on egg shells just when he may have evidence implicating Turn.

Overall, an interesting crime procedural story that speaks to the relevant issues of today, especially the police force and the black community. The story by MD Marie feels like an episode of Law & Order. The art by Dema Jr. and Carlos Miko is lucid and vibrant. Altogether, one of the most interesting books to come from this Maverick company as they show that they also can speak to relevant issues.

Story: MD Marie Art: Dema Jr and Carlos Miko
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Vindication #1

Vindication #1

In turbulent times, when cops are often portrayed as the enemy of the people, Detective Chip Christopher maneuvers the blurred blue line between racism and due diligence in order to do his job. And right now it’s his job to investigate Turn, a young black man with a sketchy past-who was previously exonerated of a similar murder.

Vindication #1 is an interesting comic and one I’ve been looking forward to reading. In the real world, there’s absolutely issues with systemic racism and bigotry in our policing and the judicial system. Vindication seemed like a comic attempting to address this and in some ways it does but in doing so delivers a comic that’s not all that entertaining.

The focus of the issue is Detective Chip Christopher who is early on presented as an asshole. This isn’t a cop balancing the line attempting to do the right thing at all. Throughout the issue, this is a corrupt officer who will do whatever he has to to convict a person, even if they really are innocent. This is exactly what is wrong with the justice system and as presented, writer MD Marie focuses the comic on a character that’s completely unlikeable.

It’d be one thing if this was a story where a cop was being pressured by those above and they slowly come around but as presented everyone else seems to be on the up and up, it’s just Christopher that’s the corrupt one. Not only is that unlikely with the LAPD (recent news backs this up). It’s a very odd focus and start for the series that leaves us with no character to identify with or like.

The art too has issues. Carlos Miko‘s pencils, the ink by Dema Jr., color by Thiago Goncalves just doesn’t feel like the crisp quality we’d expect from a Top Cow comic. Art at times is unclear, details in facial expressions are off, the overall package just doesn’t look like a comic I’d expect from this publisher. Add in the fact that characters at times look too similar and it creates an overall package that’s a bit forgettable. You can see the issues with the cover that features hands that look like they were designed in MS Paint.

The concept is odd. The art is lower quality. This is a comic that feels like it’s more concept than execution. It wants to be relevant and feels a bit rushed out to be so. The story itself is choppy at time, drags at other points, and overall gives us no characters that we should like at all. Vindication had an opportunity to be a comic that was socially relevant and has something to say, instead it feels like a cash in, making money off of real world issues.

Created: Matt Hawkins and MD Marie
Story: MD Marie Art: Carlos Miko
Ink: Dema Jr. Color: Thiago Goncalves
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Cyber Force #7

Cyber Force #7

(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Atilio Rojo

Ripclaw and Stryker have put aside their differences… for now, but the Tech-Cartels have them both in their sights. Stryker and Ripclaw make a plan to free Columbia from their grip while Aphrodite and Velocity protect a brilliant doctor who’s wanted dead by the cartels… and has technological secrets of her own.

Preview: Cyber Force #6


(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Antonio Rojo

Stryker vs. Ripclaw! To balance the chaos of the blackout, Stryker needs a team and wants Ripclaw on it… but Ripclaw has his own battle to fight and won’t let Morgan Stryker stand in his way.

Preview: Sugar, Vol. 1 TP


(W) Matt Hawkins, Jenni Cheung (A/CA) Yishan Li

In SUGAR, a couple embarks on a relationship that starts off as more of an arrangement, but ends with them falling in love—at a cost. Neither has ever done anything like thisbefore, and the emotional swings they face threaten to undo what could be a perfect match in this companion book to both SUNSTONE and SWING.

Preview: Cyber Force #5


(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Atilio Rojo

NEW STORY ARC! With the world still reeling from the sudden blackout of all networked technology, Stryker, Aphrodite, and Velocity are sent to find a deadly bounty hunter that could help them bring order to the chaos… but this bounty hunter has a secret that might stop CYBER FORCE before it starts.

Preview: Cyber Force #4

Cyber Force #4

Writer: Bryan Hill & Matt Hawkins
Artist / Cover: Atilio Rojo
Letterer: Troy Peteri

Morgan Stryker doesn’t want his daughter fighting alongside him. He doesn’t trust the android named Aphrodite that has the power to kill him…but he’ll need them both if he’s to stand in the face of Killjoy and a soldier from the future…who wants to keep our future from ever taking place.

Warframe, Vol. 1 Dives Deep into Game Lore for a Compelling New Story

This July, writer/Top Cow President and COO Matt Hawkins, writer/editor Ryan Cady, and digital art concept/production studio Studio Hive will release Warframe, Vol. 1, collecting issues #1-5 of the Warframe online game tie-in series.

In the far future, humanity’s descendants scramble to survive in a solar system rife with conflict. Only the Tenno, a faction of powerful warriors, fight to preserve peace and keep the technological masterpieces of the long-dead Orokin out of the wrong hands. But when a faction of enhanced Grineer soldiers begin to scour the Earth for a particular hidden artifact, only a lone Tenno and a blinded girl can stop them.

Warframe, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0512-0, Diamond code: MAY180094) will hit comics shops on Wednesday, July 25th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 31st.

Preview: Swing Vol. 1


Created by Linda Sejic, Matt Hawkins, and Jenni Cheung
Written by Matt Hawkins & Jenni Cheung
Art & Lettered by Linda Sejic

Spinning off from the universe of Sunstone comes a slice of life romantic story about a couple trying to regain the sexual energy from the beginning of their relationship by swinging with other couples. An emotional journey of two people fighting to stay in love.

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