Ruffians #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 6/10
Dialoque: 7/10
Story: 8/10

Scar's dedication to his friends is rather touching, in a tough guy, bad ass way.

Loses a few points for a generic story and average art.

Ruffians #1
Drunken Cat Comics

A dead body on a roof top, a lifelong friendship in a profession where friends of any kind are rare, and a hit man back in town after being gone for months – this book may be full of cliches, but Ruffians pulls it all together nicely to set the stage for a tale about someone willing to do anything to get even.

Being a bit older, and in black and white, and having a smaller budget, the art suffers the most. It’s not bad, but it is simplistic and straight forward. It doesn’t add much to the great story, but at least it doesn’t get in the way, either. It’s fine for what it is.

The story though, is great. For something with so many tough guy cliches and such a strange protagonist, I was a little surprised by how much interested I was in what was going on. And though this is only issue #1, I was really blown away by how it ended. One of the stronger lines I can recall reading in quite a while.

I don’t feel it’s fair to put a comic like this on the same scale as the latest million dollar project from Marvel. It’s simply not going to score as high, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. I’ve never known anyone to read comics and not be aware of the differences in indie titles, so I think it’s safe to say you won’t be surprised by anything here. If you enjoy the simpler stuff, and don’t mind the lack of color, there’s a good story to read here, maybe even better than what some of the big boys do.



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