Saturday, June 10, 2017

Loose Ends (Loose Ends #1-4), by Jason Latour (writer), Chris Brunner (illustrator), Rico Renzi (illustrator)

Image Comics, ISBN 9781534302150, July 2017

Sonny Gibson already has a tough past when he turns up at his old favorite honky-tonk, "The Hideaway." He spent time in Iraq during the war, and he's had some shady connections both over there and since he's been back.

But he's been out of sight for a while.

Now he's turned up again, and some old connections have some old business they want to discuss. A gunfight and a death start a crime spree that runs from the Carolinas down to Florida.

The art is good. I believe in these people physically, how they look and how they move. I also believe in them as people; there are certainly people like them, making up a good part of the crime-committing population. They're violent, impulsive, not overly smart, not much inclined to think things through even after the fact.

Some of them are veterans, too. The military doesn't make everyone stronger and more disciplined; some people are wrecked by it, and not just physically.

So, yes, these people exist.

With a stronger story, I could potentially have enjoyed this. These aren't attractive characters I wont to spend lots of time with, but there are certainly strong stories to be told about them. With good art and good characterization, a strong story would give it a good shot at "not what I like, but I like it anyway.

Sadly, I found the story disjointed and incoherent.

This definitely did not work for me, and I can't recommend it. but bear in mind that doesn't mean it won't work for you, if your tastes run differently than mine.

Not recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book, and am reviewing it voluntarily.