Hit #1

Hit #1

Writer: Bryce Carlson Artist: Vanesa Del Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PROVEN GUILTY...DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE INNOCENT." WHY WE LOVE IT: We're suckers for classic film noir, crime comics, and pulp detective novels. We love the secret history of law enforcement in our hometown, Los Angeles. Mostly, we love stories about good men making hard decisions in unforgiving circumstances. WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: HIT is a dark crime drama filled with murderers, rapists, and drug lords...and the men who will stop at nothing to bring them to justice. If you're a fan of CRIMINAL, PARKER, and TUMOR, then HIT is the series for you. WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Los Angeles. It's 1955. It's dark; it's sexy. It's dangerous. Everyone has an angle. And while infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, Los Angeles ignores the blackest parts of the city's heart...where clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen knows as "Hit Squads.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Sep 6, 2013

    Sometimes you just need a meat-and-potatoes detective pulp story to just immerse yourself into, and Hit! is perfect for that. Everything including the faux newspaper articles in the front and classic looking ads in back of the book are fun to read and give you more of that 50"s vibe. When it comes down to it I honestly don't know what else anyone could ask of a noir detective mystery. After this issue the table is set for a wild ride that you better believe the next three issues will deliver. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Sep 6, 2013

    It's clear that a lot of research and love for the crime genre went into this project, and it shows. It's pretty astonishing to me that events just like these actually took place. I love everything about this book and can't wait for issue two next month. I have some burning questions, too: who's narrating the comic? Will the bartender snuff out the hit squad's operation? (And many more which I can't list or else I'll give too much away) Until then, I'm going to read through my review copy a few more times before picking it up at my local shop, and I highly recommend you do too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Sep 5, 2013

    Written by Bryce Carlson, drawn by Venesa R Del Rey, Hit #1 by BOOM! Studios is everything you'd want in a archetypal noir " classic German Expressionist framing, with hardboiled crime fiction and a dame to kill/die for. Focusing on the men who will stop at nothing to bring drug lords, rapists and murderers to 'justice', this one hits hard. The opening issue is reminiscent of Brubaker and Phillips finer work, as well as Darwyn Cooke's Parker series. It's mightily impressive " return to the comic shop and buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 9, 2013

    The issue seals the deal with imagery of inky blinds straining to hold back the bursting rays of sunshine in Captain Blair's office. That single visual is all this comic needs to earn its stripes and really sell the simpler time, defined by secret handshakes and untraced phone calls. Slater is an interesting, flawed, human character caught in the middle of one plot as another is falling apart around him. "Hit" #1 is a strong read that needs to find some more eyeballs to dazzle. Do yourself a favor; take a break from empty, unrewarding events and their disappointing tie-ins and soak in some noir action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Sep 5, 2013

    As you can probably already tell, "Hit" is noirish done right. The art looks great, the narration rings true, and the plot goes in the darkest of directions. And while, as a story, it might not constitute a new twist or experimentation on the tropes of noir, it doesn't pretend toward doing so anyway. Rather, "Hit" gets at the heart of what makes noir so compelling, and plays out the formula in all its glory. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - tonelli Sep 6, 2013

    Thanks to a fresh approach to the detective genre and great art, Hit #1 really packs a wallop. Looks like Boom! Studios has another hit on their hands. Pun intended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 5, 2013

    Hit #1 is a dense story with some great twists that will appeal any noir crime fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Sep 5, 2013

    I don't want to spoil most of the story beats, leaving it to readers to experience the story themselves, but this has the makings of a great crime story, and the setup work done in this first issue is wonderful, establishing the morally suspect characters and the dark and dangerous world that they operate it very well. And with a last page that puts it all out there in terms of the predicament of our main character, there's more than enough excitement to leave you clamoring for the next issue. Hit #1 is an awesome comic, and if you love crime fiction, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Sep 11, 2013

    Hit gives us crooked cops with a skewed view of justice and one hell of a read. If you're a fine of crime stories, this is an absolute buy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Sep 9, 2013

    I think there is potential in this book, but there are small changes that would help the reader make sense of the story. I also wonder if this book would be better told in a graphic novel format, as after the first issue, the reader is not left with a lot of reasons to like any of the characters, or even to root for them. Maybe that will improve with time. Read Full Review

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