United States vs Murder Inc. #1 Review

Posted September 5, 2018 by Jacqueline Juretus in Comic Books

Created by: Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming

Design by: Curtis King Jr.

Published by: Alisa Bendis, Jinxworld, DC Comics

A great introduction starts off this crime story at full force.  A murder happens and it’s time to hop into the family business.

Bendis delivers another well written story with good pacing and diverse dialogue.  Readers will most likely fly through the pages.  The ending may even seem abrupt to some instead of it being a more natural cliffhanger.  There is a nice balance of action and message sprinkled throughout.  The story can act as a metaphor in some ways, or can just be looked at as a simple crime drama.

Contrasting the gritty story is a bold, cartoony unique art style.  Bright colors and heavy black placement give the comic an indie, hectic feel.  There are times when the art gets a bit carried away, making the reader say “who’s that?” for a moment before realizing it’s the same character as the last panel.  Sometimes things get so chaotic that it can be hard to figure out what is happening. However, when the art is at its peak, it really wows.  The limited color palette that changes from scene to scene helps to keep the reader on track with the timeline.  Lettering is serviceable and works well with the art.

This won’t be for everyone, but those looking for something different or an interesting crime story should try it out.

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Jacqueline Juretus