OGN (P)REVIEW- "RECKLESS VOL 1" by Ed Brubaker + Sean Phillips

My man Michael Lagocki recommended RECKLESS Volume 1 the period detective thriller by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, because he knows I dig 80's detective jawns like Spencer For Hire.  In RECKLESS, we follow a washed-up FBI spook who takes on cases that catch his interest.

The sales pitch:
Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles, and the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher.

ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the modern masters of crime noir, bring us the last thing anyone expected from them—a good guy. A bold new series of original graphic novels, with three books releasing over the next year, each a full-length story that stands on its own.

Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his radical student days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears…his own past.

"Most modern crime comics feel a bit distant and muted to me." Mike said. "Lotsa limited color pallets. Lotsa stories that move slow, but you don’t connect to many characters.

This isn’t like that.

It’s bright and loud.

These creators know exactly what they’re going for. Sean Phillips has reached that stage in his career where he doesn’t waste much time on any detail that’s not critical. A lot of artists become messy then, or a shadow of their formers selves. I think I like Sean Phillips better now. He’s got it down to a beautiful shorthand.
Good book..."

RECKLESS is on Hoopla, so I just finished reading Volume 1.  

It's dope.  

Brubaker is a master of the back and forth of writing crime stories.  The main character goes through changes internally and externally.  Every scene, every page is a short story of its own.

Phillips kills the storytelling on this.  I never get taken out of the story or get characters mixed up.  The art is intense but easy to digest.

RECKLESS VOLUME 1 was recommended to me, and now I'm recommending it to you.

p.s. CLICK HERE to read my review of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad
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