Death or Glory #4

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Bengal
Letterer: Rus Wooton

We are dropped back into Korean Joe’s Chop Shop with Glory trying to escape with Pablo’s niece in tow, avoiding the mute Amish women and LNM (we find out his name is Mr. Rime finally!). In her attempt, Glory is forced to choose between the money and Pablo’s niece, she sacrifices the money, stealing a classic SS Chevy Camaro. Pablo bursts out of the Chop Shop and is forced to hang onto the undercarriage of the car due to gun fire. What happens next is the absolute defiance of gravity and physics, as Glory tears through the city, with Pablo hanging on underneath the car by his fingertips. I have absolutely no idea how Pablo manages to hang on throughout this octane fueled chase, but he does (and that’s why I love comics). Did I mention that Glory runs down Korean Joe and leaves him for dead? Being chased by the corrupt cops, the biggest turning point of our story is that Toby finds out that Glory has been the one causing all the trouble for him. Capping off the issue, we meet our masked Luchadore again who has created a roadblock with his posse, and Pablo reveals he managed to steal a liver from a universal donor. Does this mean all of Glory’s troubles are over?

This issue is a really quick read, I found myself going back and re-reading it a few times because Remender and Bengal pack so much action and information in these panels. This book continues to prove to me why I enjoy Remender so much. The way he conveys the absolute desperation and intense situation that our heroes are in is really unparalleled to me in comics right now. Do you remember how I kept going on about Bengal’s ability to draw expressions? This issue is further proof of his ability, and honestly good reference for anyone wanting to see the range of emotions characters can convey. We get the full range here, from Korean Joe’s kindness to Glory’s desperation, determination, grit, anger and Pablo’s complete and total fear. As I re-read the issue, I paid close attention to the subtle differences in the choices that Bengal made when conveying emotion, which added an extra layer of enjoyment to this book. I’m excited to see what he does with the Luchadore.

While we have to wait another month for the next issue, I can see a reader tearing through this in one sitting once it comes out in trade, issues four and five are essentially one gigantic chase sequence, and the action doesn’t slow down.

Rating: 8.5/10

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