Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

End of Time for Crime

Maleev coverTocchini coverThe Last Days of American Crime #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Greg Tocchini
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover artists: Alex Maleev & Greg Tocchini
Editor: Luis Reyes
Publisher: Radical Comics
Price: $4.99 US

I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this new title, but the preliminary artwork I saw piqued my interest, as did writer Rick Remender’s involvement. He’s been quietly carving out a reputation as one of the industry’s most solid writers, and he’s demonstrated some skill at exploring unconventional subject matter. That’s certainly the case here, as he combines a dystopian tone, a convincing crime-drama feel and the makings of a fun heist story to arrive at something compelling and unique. There can be no doubt, though, that a good deal of this limited series’s appeal will stem from its visuals. Artist Greg Tocchini establishes a bizarre atmosphere with some almost psychedelic colors, and he drenches one of the key players in sexuality so effectively that one can’t help but understand the poor choices the protagonist makes based the powerfully alluring and dangerous presence of the femme fatale. Furthermore, Radical continues its experimentation here with a longer format for its episodic comics, and it makes for a satisfying, dense read and a solid value for the reader’s money.

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