Postal 1

“The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first
official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t
normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive
criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial
reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal
activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the
last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball
son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in
or out of the city. The FBI has repeatedly been foiled trying to insert an
undercover here; they see Mark as the weak link to exploit. This murder gives
them a new opportunity.”
For a town full of criminals, they sure don’t like people
breaking the rules, or at least that’s the case with Postal, the new series by
Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins.  With this
first issue, we see through the eyes of Mark Shiffron, a postal worker with
Asperger’s, who’s constantly trying not to let his condition get himself into
trouble.  An interesting concept to say
the least, a town full of criminals who don’t tolerate crime.  They know what they’ve done, but don’t want
to rot in a prison cell for the rest of their lives, so at least in Eden,
Wyoming they have a bit of freedom to live out a normal life.   The
thing that gets me though is that they execute anyone who breaks the unwritten
rule, but get all in a tizzy when they find someone murdered out in the
street.  Sure, the law could come
sniffing around, but what about all of the others they’ve killed to keep the
peace?  Perhaps there’s more to it than what
I’m seeing, but that’s for the next issue to tell.
I’ve gotta say though, this issue didn’t really do anything
for me.  It’s well structured and the
characters seem fleshed out enough for the first book, but in the end it just
didn’t grab my attention.  Like I’ve said
before, it’s an interesting enough concept, but the characters were very
forgettable to me.  I honestly don’t feel
compelled to pick up the second issue, which is a shame because I enjoy Matt
Hawkins’ take on Aphrodite IX. 
Everything I read doesn’t have to be all sci-fi or fantasy, but this
first issue didn’t make a good impression on me.  Hopefully things will pick up as the series
moves on. 

I can’t really say, one way or the other if I would recommend this. The artwork was good and the story itself was pretty original, but the characters just weren’t remarkable enough to really want to keep up with the series. If anyone else wants to give this one a shot, perhaps you’ll see something in it that I don’t. In either case, the first issue of Postal will be hitting shelves next month and despite the name. For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Top Cow website, or the Top Cow Facebook page.

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

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