Violent Love #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

Builds the premise to an exciting story.

A bit lacking in the originality department.

Violent Love #1
Story: Frank J. Barbiere
Art/Cover: Victor Santos
Image Comics

SERIES PREMIERE Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley were two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love. Join FRANK J. BARBIERE (FIVE GHOSTS, The Revisionist) and VICTOR SANTOS (THE MICE TEMPLAR, Polar) for a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action! Double-sized debut issue!

Violent Love #1 introduces the reader to the idea of a Bonnie & Clyde-esque couple, but spends very little time with them. Instead of jumping into all the violence and romance the title promises, issue one spends its time working on building a world for that couple to exist in, and a back story for the reader to care about. It’s a bit of an unusual move for a first issue, forsaking all the excitement that could instantly hook an audience, but it looks like it may pay off in the long run by building a solid foundation for the rest of the series to grow from.

The framing device works well to entice the audience without sounding overly forced, and while it drops hints at things to come, it doesn’t blatantly give away the details. While this method does take away from the action of the book even more, the care and attention given to building this framework does not go unnoticed. It may not be the most action packed comic on the market, but how well crafted the story is going to be is immediately obvious.

The artwork is an interesting mix of a bit messy and a great atmosphere. Taken individually, some of the panels are a wreck of overly simple backgrounds and horrible anatomy, but as a whole, the book manages somehow to tie that all together, making it an exaggerated style that fits the tone perfectly. Just enjoy, and don’t stop to examine anything too closely.

My biggest complaint about Violent Love is the lack of originality in the set up. It’s telling when a reviewer has trouble picking one of the many hyper-violent, madly in love criminal couples already in our cultural lexicon to even compare these characters too. It’s not the most original thought, but there is evidence aplenty that their story will be worth reading.



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