The Last Contract #1

The Last Contract #1

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Lisandro Estherren Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

What's to Love: Last year, John Wick reminded everyone why hitmen make for awesome stories. Of course, we've known that for years as evidenced by The Killer and Hit. Ed Brisson's (Cluster, Sheltered) take on a retired hitman who finds himself as the target is a well-paced thriller that kept us guessing until the end, and newcomer Lisandro Estherren's (Tall Tales from the Badlands) noirish art perfectly sets the mood.

What It Is: A retired hitman, known only as "The Man," is forced back into the game when a list of his kills is leaked by a mysterious Broker. The list makes targets out of anyone associated with one of the The Man's previous jobs, not to mention The Man himself. As he fights to protect those the list exposes, The Man sets off to uncover the identity of the Broker so he can move on with his new life once and for all. But will the truth ruin those chances forever?

  • 10 - John McCubbin Jan 5, 2016

    The Last Contract #1 is a sensational start for the latest mini-series from BOOM! Studios, with the creative team of Brisson and Estherren delivering a thrilling narrative. We also get more than enough action to keep us content, with the deliberate actions of our main character allowing for a gripping read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Phil Robinson Jan 13, 2016

    There's no school like the old school, and The Last Contract is that teacher you know not to mess with. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jan 4, 2016

    This is a unique story about a very unique man who, at his old age, is just now trying to get his life together so he can relax. It’s really cool to read a story with an older protagonist. I’m stoked to see what Brisson has in store for us next. This is most definitely a series to follow. Issue #1 comes out Wednesday of this week, so make sure you grab a copy! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Anthony Spataro Jan 7, 2016

    The Last Contract starts off with a heavy foot to the pedal, creating a world quite quickly with characters that have a real sense of history. It is very difficult to take a hitman as a character and produce a story that feels fresh and exciting but it appears that this title is in more than capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jan 8, 2016

    Overall, a story that definitely has some of the best elements from RED and Unforgiven. The story by Ed Brisson, starts off pretty predictable but by issues end, you don't care much, as he shows how much of a master storyteller he is. The art by Lisandro Estherren is beautiful and irreverent. Altogether, a strong story with equally beautiful illustrations, which will definitely give you a different view of this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jan 7, 2016

    Overall, if you're a fan of noir stories, you can't do much better than “The Last Contract” #1. Well, that being said, if you're a fan of noir stories you should have already bought this as soon as you saw Ed Brisson's name on the cover. He continues to do what he does best here and that's creating an engaging story with fully realised characters from concepts that seem startlingly simple at first, but open up into a world of possibilities here. Much like with “Sheltered”, Brisson's writing is elevated to new heights by the artwork and here Lisandro Estherren impresses on all levels. The storytelling is well paced and perfectly suited to the slow, creeping dread of the noir. All this is wrapped in the bow that is Niko Guardia's colours that bring a rich, deep darkness to the art. It shouldn't be surprising given the talent on show here, but this is one of the best noir comics to come out in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Dec 12, 2015

    The story flows along smoothly and slowly draws you in. The old man is a character you easily come to like with his gruff attitude that is charming. It gets you interested in what is going on and wanting to know more. You will be looking forward to seeing what is coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Jan 4, 2016

    I'm curious to see how this unwinds. Like John Wick with Geritol, this could be a remorseless ride into revenge and death with an old man who knows his time is short anyway. It's a good base to build on, and I'm down with finding out how Grandpa Knife-fight goes out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jan 5, 2016

    This is a great introduction to the story of The Man, and looks to be a high-crime roller-coaster of a ride with a quite brilliant take on the main character. While the story itself is quite dark and violent the situation and physical/mental wellbeing of our protagonist gives opportunity for dark and funny humour. This funny dialogue works really well as a counterpoint to the suspicion and violence the story entails. We dont know why The Man is on someones hit list, we dont even know if The Man will remember why hes on someones kill list, but its going to be great fun finding out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jan 7, 2016

    The simplicity of the storys premise is a large part of the success here. A log of past hits has fallen into bad hands and may be released to the public. It details every hit arranged, the targets, dates, and locations, as well as who called in the job. Burrellmakes the only move he thinks to make, leaving the man to figure out just who is ordering the hit and what motivation theyd have to seek him out twenty years into his retirement. The Last Contract delivers on every level. This-mini series is off to a wonderful start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 15, 2016

    The Last Contract was a fairly typical entry in the “contract killer is forced out of retirement” but Ed Brisson put enough unique elements into the story to keep me interested and guessing, including setting the tale in Canada. These stories are often set in New York. This was a solid debut issue and got me hooked, so I'm going to go along on the ride to see how the story plays out in this 4 issue mini series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 5, 2016

    There's no denying the The Last Contract #1 is a well-crafted comic book, even if its brutal nature sometimes detracts from the overall package. Still, Ed Brisson's story of one old man forced back into a life of crime is rendered in an effective way by Lisandro Estherren's evocative, creased and scarred artwork. You'll already know if this one's for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Tricia Ellis Jan 10, 2016

    Story-wise this isn't anything ground-breaking, but Brisson knows how to keep the reader interested, and with only three more issues in the series, it's unlikely anyone won't want to stick around and see where this leads. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Liam Pollock Jan 6, 2016

    A good start to a series, if a little clich. Has a lot of potential to be a great story. Art can be a little niche and may be an acquired taste. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Self Jan 8, 2016

    This is not a story that takes itself too seriously and I mean that in a positive way. Classic crime/revenge stories should be tongue in cheek, small details almost winking at the reader as if to remind you that you should be having fun while inside all these tense situations. If issue #1 is any indication, this may not be a wholly original story but it sure ought to be a fun one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 11, 2016

    "The Last Contract" #1 is fast-paced and enjoyable, but the story hews too closely to convention to make the story stand out among others of its type. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jan 11, 2016

    Ultimately, The Last Contract is forgettable. It's not bad enough to remember its quality, but it certainly doesn't have anything that sets it apart, either. Since this is only a limited series with three more issues, it might be worth giving it a second shot with its next issue, but it seems fairly predictable with how the story will unfold. Read Full Review

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