Comic Review: United States vs. Murder, Inc. #1 (DC Comics)

You’re a kid. Okay, you were a kid. Now you’re a murderer. United States VS Murder Inc from DC. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming, and […]

You’re a kid. Okay, you were a kid. Now you’re a murderer. United States VS Murder Inc from DC.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming, and coloured by Taki Soma, this story is a hard-hitting look at organized crime. If someone does something to YOUR family, then you do something to THEM.
Eye for eye stuff. Know what I’m sayin’? Got it?

It’s attitude, with lots of dark drama. Killings, revenge killings, contract killings. Get hardened if you want to survive, or a tougher one will kill you.

In the center of this nasty atmosphere is Jagger Rose, a young girl. Is her future secure as a ‘hitter’? First, she has to survive the initiation, and the deck is stacked against her.

I like Bendis’ gift for dialogue and dialect. He catches the rhythms of speech really well here. These guys are not Superman and family, or aliens; they are street. Purely street. The art is bold and heavy, lots of black tone all around. The colour is vivid and not too fancy. Lots of bright flat color contrasting nicely with the drawn shapes.

Check out an issue, see if this is your style. It’s bold and a new angle for DC.

DC Comics, United States VS Murder Inc., $3.99 for 22 pages of content. Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!