Ex-Con #1

Ex-Con #1

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Keith Burns Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 3, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13
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Dynamite is proud to Ex-Con, the next book in a series of creator driven comics - with The Creators Unleashed, featuring all new concepts and characters from the industry's best and brightest! This month, we present Ex-Con, written by Duane Swierczynski (Cable, Deadpool, Judge Dredd)! 1985: L.A. con artist Cody Pomeray had a gift for looking inside a mark's soul with just a glance. But one fateful night, he targeted the wrong man -- and was sentences to the most savage prison in California. Pomeray would have been beaten to death on his first day if not for the intervention of Barnaby Creed, the most powerful crime lord in the Southland...

1989: Now Pomeray's out on parole, robbed of his special ability and tasked with doing Creed "a little favor." He has no idea he's just stepped into a long con, and this time, *he's* the mark...

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Dec 31, 1969

    EX-CON is the apotheosis of a crime novel set in comics form.  Swierczynski and Burns are not making this for everybody.  This is a crime story for people who love crime stories. This is dark and cynical.  This is not a super-villain comic, like HARLEY QUINN OR SUICIDE SQUAD.  This is not the hyper-stylized style of Frank Millers SIN CITY; this has a far more realistic feel.   If crime stories are not your cup of tea, you may not like this.On the other hand, if you have never tried a serious crime comic like 100 BULLETS or RED TEAM, you might want to give this a shot.   Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Sep 2, 2014

    Ex-Con is the kind of crime story that comic fans need, with the unique concept making it all the more intriguing. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Sep 3, 2014

    Speaking of Frank Miller, that's EXACTLY whose art most looks like it inspired Keith Burns. This is definitely not a negative. It just adds the grittiness that's needed for this story. Burns even takes cues from Miller comics like Sin City in the delicate act of coitus and the way light falls on the nude body (yes, this comic has nudity). I found it refreshing and I immediately wanted to recommend this to all my buddies who dig Fran Miller. Can't wait to see what he does for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekality - Gregory Thompson Sep 1, 2014

    Ex-Con is a great start, with plenty of betrayal, intrigue, and a unique ability that is not used for good. Codys internal monologue is fun to read, with a cadence and personality that might make you feel sorry for him in future issues. But for now, I need to know what this favor requested by The Pope is, and if Cody will go through with it. Stinks to be him right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Sep 2, 2014

    EX-CON #1 shines brightly with this first issue, as Duane Swierczynski has introduced us to a fascinating character to go along with an intriguing story that shows promise. The illustrations and colors Burns and Oliva deliver here work well. Burns does well by capturing that retro look and feel of the eighties, while Oliva's choice of colors give the book a dark feel, which at the same time places greater emphasis on the lights (Pomeray's power). Issue one was worth the read and should see readers coming back for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Joe Winder Sep 6, 2014

    This is a very interesting story that has a lot of potential to take the reader on a fun ride of a unique Ex-con. The thing I really like is this isn't a story about a hardened criminal but about a guy that had a power and took advantage of it to benefit himself. He could see who could be manipulated to do things and how to get them things he wanted in life and used it so he could live like a celebrity. Unfortunate for him he used someone that has a lot of influence and it cost him his lifestyle and his freedom, at least for a few years. I'm excited to see where it goes and to see if his ability improves or how it will affect him as he readjusts to life on the outside. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Sep 2, 2014

    Overall, Ex-Con manages to avoid being merely a one trick pony, and instead lays the groundwork for what seems poised to be a gripping crime yarn. Count me in for the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Sep 3, 2014

    Ex-con is an awesome debut issue. Pick it up to learn what about the light and how it's the best tool ever for a con artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - ZXRoberts Sep 9, 2014

    Ex-Con issue 1 may be have a lot going on but it is all told in a masterful way that will keep your attention and build your interest at an alarmingly fast rate. Its like speed dating, and you just sat down to a Kate Upton lookalike wearing a Power Girl costume who loves reading Green Hornet and playing Skyrim, you know instantly that it is love at first sight. An interesting story told against a beautiful 80s California backdrop that has some really intriguing characters. It would be a crime not to give this Ex-Con a chance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 3, 2014

    It's an average issue. It's not unreadable, but there isn't a lot to bring you back for the second issue. I doubt I'll review the second issue unless something spectacular happens, but really this entire first issue has set the series up to be a paint-by-numbers con-man story even though we have no proof that he's a good con-man" the story just tells us he's one, but never displays it. It's an interesting idea, but it's average execution has revealed all of its holes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Anderson Sep 9, 2014

    Steeped in '80s attitude, grifter with the ability to see character traits as colored hues Cody Pomeroy guides you through his fall and redemption on the mean streets of LAs underworld. This book has all the makings of an excellent graphic novel crime story (inventive premise, gripping artwork, and a sense of mounting tension conveyed through the Philip Marlowe-esque first-person narration), however one minor gripe is that the first issue perhaps spends too long on background exposition of the lead character, whos kind of a jerk. Nonetheless, crime fiends should definitely consider picking this book up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Gary Smith Sep 4, 2014

    Caught between a rock and a hard place, Cody Pomeray tries to be more than an ex-con. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 8, 2014

    This is a decent first issue, but I fear it may not have the juice to present anything intriguing in future installments. The con become the mark in a scenario that was evident but inquisitive, while lacking importance. Still, I'm just interested enough to stick around and give it a second chance next month. Read Full Review

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