Saturday, January 2, 2016
The Last Days of American Crime
author: Rick Remender
average rating: 3.46
book published: 2010
read at: 2016/01/02
date added: 2016/01/02
'The Last Days of American Crime' by Rick Remender tells of a future where the US decides to eliminate crime, but the story is pure, old-fashioned crime noir all the way.
Graham Bricke is a down and out criminal with a good enough reason to make a last score. He's got an inside scoop and a plan on a heist that will make the folks clever enough to pull it off wealthy. He just needs to find people he can trust with the skills he needs. The problem is that the younger couple he finds may have plans of their own, including stabbing Graham in the back and taking it all for themselves. Adding to the tension is the fact that the new anti-crime signal has been leaked that it's going live, so Graham and company need to act fast.
Graham is a likeable enough anti-hero who finds himself getting beat up or shot on a regular basis. Kevin Cash is a twisted psychopath in designer clothing, but I liked his character too. The only character that felt a little flat is the femme fatale, Shinee Dupree, which is interesting considering how much time they spent drawing her and putting her on all the covers. The story is crime fiction at its best, and the art by Alex Maleev is definitely the right tone and color for the book. A decent all around read.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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