Death Or Glory #1

Story by: Rick Remender
Art/Colors by: Bengal

So, full disclosure, I’m a huge Rick Remender fan, ever since I picked up The End League and his run on Venom, I’ve been hooked on titles like Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Tokyo Ghost, and Seven to Eternity. Anything I have ever picked up from him, I’ve really enjoyed and always end up recommending to people who want something new to read. So when I heard his new title, Death or Glory and the concept behind it, I was naturally intrigued. Considering that Remender has been experiencing an incredible run with stories that have a science fiction/fantasy bend to them, I wondered how he would do with a story that is far more down to Earth. Admittedly, I was not as familiar with Bengal, but again, in my experience with Remender, he always pairs himself with great artists who really help me get the most of their work. (Have you seen Matteo Scalera’s art in Black Science?!)

Glory is set up as a great protagonist, a woman who doesn’t take any guff, quite skilled with cars and determined to help her father when there is no hope left. She decides her only way is to rob a money transfer from her ex-husband, Toby, being ran by the corrupt local policemen. She has built a souped car, planned out every detail and is ready to steal from Toby and Korean Joe. Glory’s plan very quickly goes off the rails, and she has to improvise, leading her to steal a truck full of drugs from Korean Joe. As she escapes into the night, Glory realizes everything is not as it seems. Oh, and there is a great use of liquid nitrogen. That’s all I’m going to say about the story because this is really a book where you go in knowing less, the more you will enjoy the story.

Remender does an incredible job of introducing us to our cast of characters, their entry into our story is seamless, you understand their motivations and attitude very quickly. Once the action starts, it rolls right into the next action sequence, not leaving much room to breathe between. The story opening really sets the tone for what he has in store for you, with plenty of action to spare and a dose of quirkiness. Glory is desperate to find a solution for her father’s predicament, and Remender ensures that readers never forget that throughout this issue. Honestly though, Bengal’s art absolutely steals the show. His lines are very clean, each person is easily distinguishable, even background characters that have nothing to do with the story. In garage scenes, he adds that extra level of detail that makes you appreciate his art even more. How Bengal conveys emotions is easily the most enjoyable part of reading this story.You can really see the anguish, anger, desperation, and fear on their faces. It just gives every character another dimension, humanizing them that much more. His art is beautiful, and I found myself going back over pages just to review details and look at the art. The colors match really well with the art, the book is bright and vibrant, which I love. Once again, Remender has worked with an artist who deftly translates his word into lines that really jump off the page, enhancing the story rather than hindering it.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s action packed, and Remender only promises that it will get even crazier. Pick it up and see for yourself, how gorgeous Bengal’s art is.

10 out of 10 stars.

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