Ex-Con #1

by RobertJCross on September 03, 2014

Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Art by: Keith Burns

Uh oh. I think this comic is almost THE FADE OUT quality, which I'll be honest is really surprising coming from Dynamite Comics. I'm so enthralled by this comic that I'm hoping that it doesn't go straight into the dumps after a couple issues. Everything about the story and the "superpower" that the main character has is incredibly original. I loved it, there's really nothing else i can say without giving too much away. Obviously from the cover and name of the comic that the main character is an ex-con, but how he gets there and everything in between is masterful. Also, this story takes place in an era very near and dear to my heart: The 1980s. LOVE IT!

Duane Swierczynski has already made a huge name for himself in the comic arena with his DC and Marvel writing. He's also written some books, which I've not read (this will be remedied). His writing is sooooooo good and so dense and so rich and it takes everything out of you. I felt like absolute crap after I finished this comic, like I was an ex-con. That takes immense talent, making the reader feel as much of a low-life as the main character. It would be like Frank Miller causing every reader of The Dark Knight Returns to have a heart attack while reading...

Speaking of Frank Miller, that's EXACTLY whose art most looks like it inspired Keith Burns. This is definitely not a negative. It just adds the grittiness that's needed for this story. Burns even takes cues from Miller comics like Sin City in the delicate act of coitus and the way light falls on the nude body (yes, this comic has nudity). I found it refreshing and I immediately wanted to recommend this to all my buddies who dig Frank Miller. Can't wait to see what he does for the rest of the series.

Must read, must buy, must...

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