Bad Mother #1 Review

by Nick Devonald on August 05, 2020

Writer: Christa Faust
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colours: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Dezi Sienty

Christa Faust wastes no time with this first issue introducing us to April, a typical suburban mother. With only a couple of pages we learn a lot about April and her life, and get a real feel for her character. Then just as we’re settling in for a comfortable read there’s an armed robbery at the convenience store and in a heartbeat everything is turned upside down.

This first issue doesn’t really get into the meat of the story, it spends more time focusing on introducing our main characters and getting the story set up to hit the ground in the next issue. It’s a good job that Faust’s writing is so good, the reader is hooked and wants to learn more about April. The main thing Faust does with this first issue, beyond introducing the characters, is letting us know that Taylor Jane, Aprils daughter, has gotten herself mixed up with some guys who are trouble. It’s too early to say where this story is going to take the reader, but there are some Taken vibes going on, except replace Liam Neeson with his unique set of abilities with April, whose skills so far haven’t exceeded housework and grocery shopping. It’s an exciting premise for a series, which promises to be dark and violent as it progresses.

The art from Mike Deodato Jr. is as stunning as ever. He manages to switch the action from a mum doing her shopping to an armed robbery and hostage situation in the blink of an eye. The juxtaposition from shopping to violence is expertly handled and the tension rises so quickly. And he does such an incredible job of capturing facial expressions he handles so much of the subtler aspects of the storytelling. Each page is stunning, even the quieter pages without much action happening.

What is there to say about Lee Loughridge’s colours? Everything he colours is so different from the last thing, and has an incredibly unique feel and look to them. His work is instrumental in setting the tone of a comic and there’s not enough praise to heap on his work. He ends up being that rare colourist where the reader sits up and takes notice of his work, instead of fading into the background like most skilled colourists do.

Another exciting debut issue from AWA studios, the concept is fresh, exciting and unique. With elements of Breaking Bad and Taken, it promises a whirlwind ride for the reader and addictive reading. The biggest criticism to be thrown at it is it’s such compulsive reading the issue feels over too quickly, leaving the reader desperately craving more.

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