The Last Days of American Crime Vol 1

With one week until the end of all crime in the United States, can the last heist in American history be pulled off? In the not-too-distant future as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Enter: Graham Brick. Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the crime of the century into the last crime in American history. 

“Is there a condolence bouquet you can send someone who’s become a self-important dick? ‘Our sympathies in your hour of dickishness.’” 

Crime has become a bit too hot to handle. The US decides to cut the crap and go full 1984, enacting a “synaptic blocker” that makes it literally impossible for anyone to break the law. With two weeks until this evil plan goes live, Graham and his associates decide to break the law for one last time. While their antics may be immoral, decrepit, and devoid of any higher purpose, they make for some great reading.

This book may be called The Last Days of American Crime, but a more accurate title could have been This Comic Is So Good That It Is (Almost) A Crime. I haven’t read something so dirty and blood stained since my last lab results! Rick Remender’s gutter-trash dialog and scenario combine with Greg Tocchini’s masterful strokes of art, resulting in a captivating heist story that will leave you wanting to take a long shower. If you’re looking for something intended for mature audiences, this is your holy grail. There’s swearing! Sex! Drugs! Violence! If it’s illegal and/or morally reprehensible, it’s there. The Last Days of American Crime is (hopefully) the dirtiest thing you will ever experience.

It’s hard for me to find anything to complain about here. I guess it’s hard to root for the protagonists? There’s no cause or greater good here, It’s crime for the sake of crime, The Last Days of American Crime certainly lives up to it’s name. Graham and company aren’t breaking the law to get insulin for diabetic children or whatever, they’re simply doing it because it’s what they do. Can you really blame them though? These people have spent years cultivating their law-breaking talents, and soon their training will become obsolete. When I’m not writing these great reviews I’m a janitor, and if the government suddenly created a machine that would put all janitors out of work you can bet your ass that I would clean like a madman for as long as possible. Crime doesn’t pay, but The Last Days Of American Crime pays quite handsomely. I give it five thousand Nathan stars out of a possible three thousand. You should definitely read it, just make sure you wear a condom!

Who published The Last Days Of American Crime, you ask? Why it was none other than Image Comics. They have a website and they also appear to have a Facebook that you can “like” for free. Purchase it on Kindle at Amazon.

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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