The Last Contract #1
Publisher: Boom Studios
Written/lettered by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Lisandro Estherren
The book is from Boom Studios and is issue 1 of 4
Book one takes place in Canada from British Colombia to Manitoba to Toronto. Marley is protagonist of our story. An old man living quite live in Cumberland British Colombia. Spending is time having coffee at the local diner and with his old dog at home. Peace and quite don’t last long as when later at home Marley find an intruder sent in to kill him. At this point we find out that Marley had a pass and it was not a nice one.
Marley integrates the guy to find out who. Like most people up in their later years, complains when it comes to torturing the punk for info that their pussies compared to the old days.
Marley does not care much for having a hit on him so his off to Toronto to find out who and why there is a hit on him.
So there I will leave it. Don’t want to give it all away.
It is nice to see a story set in the seeding under ground of Canadian crime. This is not the first time that the story of a retired hit man has been used. But it is fun to read and see the writers take on the retired hitman so for me it is not boring. Like the book ‘Father’s Day’ this book revolves around why someone wants the protagonist killed.
Ed Brisson dialogue is not great or outstanding it does it job as getting me interested in the books to come. The dialogue is not deep but really should it be in a gangster book. Until the rest of the books come out we will not really know how deep the story is. But it does want me to find out more about Marty.
The art work by Lisandro Estherrren is well suited for the story. Looking like a well constructed doodle lines and the dark colors helps the reader know this is not a happy story.
This is a short series so it is not a deep investment but if you love revenge crime stories check out this book.
So in the end I give The Last Contract #1, 3 out of 5.
Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.