Matteo Scalera is a busy little boy this year. Image has him dividing time between Black Science and now Dead Body Road. He must be eating his Wheaties because he’s knocking both books out of the park. The penciled shading on his characters add dimension and a hand crafted feel that is absent in many of today’s books. He uses similar shading techniques throughout to add a sense of motion to the panels depicting the car chase at the center of this story. Moreno Dinisio’s colors are judiciously soft which adds light to Scalera’s pencils without drowning him out. This is a fine start to a raucous, action-packed story by a very solid team of artists.
It feels like I’ve seen this movie before. You know the one: bad guys kill tough-guy cop’s loved one and revenge orgy follow? Familiarity with a plot line isn’t the worst thing in the world. If it was there’d be no more romantic comedies. I’ve come to expect more from comics; especially Image books. I expect a little twist on an established concept (ex. character driven drama + zombies = Walking Dead). Justin Jordan merged equal parts of Dirty Harry with The Fast and the Furious to make Dead Body Road. This is either a screenplay turned comic or a comic with thinly veiled hopes of becoming a movie. I could see this as a fun summer blockbuster, but I’m hoping Jordan has a little more substance to offer on this one.
A well-drawn and colored version of every action-adventure movie you’ve ever seen. I’m hoping for some more twists along this fun, but uninspired road.
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