In an ideal world I could just say “This book is really good. Go buy it.”, but this is a review, so let’s dig a little deeper.
On the surface, Dead Body Road doesn’t look incredibly original. It’s a revenge thriller, and characters like Max Payne and The Punisher will spring to mind as you make your way through the first couple of issues, but the more you read, the more it becomes clear that writer Justin Jordan is very much out to do his own thing.
Issue #2 mainly serves to introduce Rachel, sure to be our female lead in the series, and Jordan does well to make her stand out immediately. Dead Body Road is a pretty violent book, and Rachel is forced into violence through necessity, as opposed to lead man Orson Gage, who does it out of choice. Nothing is played for shocks, though, and the bloodier moments sit quite comfortably in the hell-for-leather pacing of the story.
Matteo Scalera’s art absolutely shines in this title. He adds an intensity and speed to the action scenes that will floor you, and some of his wide angle panels brought to mind Rafael Albequerque’s work on ‘American Vampire’. Some would say it’s wrong to make that sort of comparison, but believe me, that is high praise indeed. Scalera is nailing it, and this is a damn fine looking comic book.
Although Dead Body Road just screams ‘Image Comics’, It’s a tale of vengeance that drags you along for the ride, and it’s certainly an enjoyable ride, so far. Jordan and Scalera have created a title with a lot of potential here, and I am loving it.
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