One Mad Dog

[The Last Days of American Crime: Volume 1] – (Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini)
November 25, 2010, 11:50 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Alex Maleev, Greg Tocchini, Rick Remender

I bought this book based upon a very intriguing plot line and the excellent Alex Maleev cover.  The basic story premise is that as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. The book centers around one career criminal’s attempt to commit the perfect crime just before the signal is turned on.  Unfortunately for him just about every low life criminal scum and cop in the city seems to be intent on making his life hell.  Things get very messy.

This is definitely a story for adult readers. It  is full of graphic violence and bad language and it even has some sex scenes and nudity thrown in for good measure.  The plot moves along a a great pace and the story is filled with twists and turns and suprises.  The supporting characters in the book are well developed and  generally pretty unlikeable excuses for human beings.  The misfortunes they inflict upon the main character Graham and his love interest are  jaw dropping  at times.

The artwork in “Last Days” isn’t bad but it’s not really to my taste and as such I was a little disappointed with it.  I never thought I would say this but, the best artwork in this TPB is the covers by Alex Maleev.  I am not a fan of Alex’s artwork at all but his cover work in this book  is excellent and it was one of the highlights for me.

If you like hard core gritty and violent crime dramas then you should really like this book. Although I didn’t fall in love with the art this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book one jot. The TPB has some nice extras too. [ISBN-13: 978-1935417064]. 8/10

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