Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original Vol. 1

Writer Ollie Masters (Snow Blind, The Kitchen) and artist Luca Pizzari (Secret Wars Journal, Amazing Spider-Man) journey 10 years before Season 1 of Kurt Sutter’s critically acclaimed television series Sons of Anarchy to tell the never-before-seen, official story of Jax Teller’s first year as a SAMCRO prospect. Jax Teller has always had one dream: to follow the family legacy and join the Sons of Anarchy. But at eighteen, still reeling from his father’s death and just starting out as a prospect, Jax is about to discover just how hard the life of an outlaw can be.

Like a lot of the shows I end up watching, I got into Sons of Anarchy very late in the game. Once I did though, I super power watched it and caught up in no time. It’s not exactly a binge read, but I definitely flew through volume one of Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original.

A decade before the events we saw in the show, we follow the start of Jax Teller’s journey in SAMCRO. Young and arrogant, Jax is constantly finding himself in trouble, typically for reasons he says are for the club. While he’s trying to find direction, Clay and the rest of the Sons find themselves in their own mess. After taking partial payment in the form of drugs, which they typically avoid, the club soon learns of their less than clean origin. Between trying to keep Jax in line and dealing with this, Clay has his hands full, especially when someone comes knocking about the drugs.

When it comes to books like this, I have to look at two main factors on the artwork. Overall, the art itself was pretty good, with nice line work and colors, albeit a bit muted. There were times that some characters seemed a little wonky with their anatomy, but not enough to hurt a lot. As for the representation of the live action characters in comic form, that was done quite well. Some, like Jax, obviously were going to look different ten years younger, but others were instantly recognizable.

Being a big fan of the show once I finally got into it, this was a good first volume to read. Having the guidance of series creator Kurt Sutter behind it makes it all the more reassuring that it will stay good. It shouldn’t take any sort of threat to encourage you to buy this, especially if you loved the show.

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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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