Death Or Glory #1

Death Or Glory #1

Writer: Rick Remender

Artist / Cover: Bengal

Variant Cover: Duncan Fegredo, James Harren

Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy amid truckers—the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying. The new ongoing series by New York Times bestselling author RICK REMENDER and legendary French superstar BENGAL brings you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life, in this special double-sized first issue with 40 pages of story!

This is basically a heist story and I love a good heist story.  I love seeing how the plan is executed and how the characters handle any problems when the plan goes wrong.  I also love the colorful cast of characters who find themselves in a desperate situation to have to do such a big and crazy heist.

Movies like Ronin, Inception, and comics like M.O.D.O.K’s 11 are fun adventures.  But the one thing that this comic misses that all good Heist stories is that keep it tight and keep the pacing brisk.  Typically you learn all about the characters (or enough to get an idea) through the course of the heist.  Death or Glory’s mistake is it front loads a lot of the background of the lead character at the beginning and it drags a bit.  It gets into the explanation about this sort of commune that live off the grid and about the evils of capitalism, which really doesn’t seem much for the story.  By the time the actual heist happens, I had to wake myself up a little.

Now the art is slick and great for such fun action, but is wasted in the beginning for the long setup.  Basically this book didn’t need to be 40 pages.  I wonder if was the writer’s hubris to let the book meander for so long for a simple heist type setup.

I give it a 3 out of 5 because while it’s solid, it’s just a slow starter (and I am all for decompressed storytelling).

If you want to see more of this comic go to – https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/death-or-glory-1

Disclaimer – Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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