Friday, June 23, 2017

REVIEW: Bankshot #1 (Dark Horse, 2017)




THE problem with some miniseries is that they're better read in one hit as a trade rather than as a monthly floppy.
This is the problem with Bankshot. We've barely scratched the surface of the story by the end of the first issue, so not much makes sense at all. If it wasn't for the over-excited blurb on the inside front cover I wouldn't know what the hell is going on or who the main character is.
Is this the fault of writer Alex de Campi (of Archie vs Predator fame...or is that infamy)? It feels as if he wrote this as a complete graphic novel, then chopped it into five parts and it just doesn't work.
Marcus King is a terrorist or maybe a good guy - it's hard to tell. We know the FBI think he's a very bad person. He used to be a US soldier, according to a lengthy flashback. In fact, the issue ends mid-flashback with King being shot in the back while fleeing from an uber-villain called The Dutchman. Other than that, NADA.
ChrisCross's artwork is okay, but he's done better. At times, it's hard to tell what is exactly happening, particularly in the flashback when King and his unit are attacking an enemy convoy in the desert. 
I'll give issue two a shot because I'm curious enough to see where this is all leading, but this is one comic that may be better left alone till the collected edition comes out.
A final note: the colourist on this comic is called Snakebite Cortez, which is arguably the greatest name ever.

Bankshot #1 is published by Dark Horse and retails for US$3.99. It goes on sale June 28.
Writer: Alex de Campi/Artist: ChrisCross

RATING: 5 out of 10

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