As a standalone issue, Pirates of Coney Island #1 is an interesting tale of life on the streets of Brooklyn. It's an interesting portrait of city life that has an intriguing indy feel to it. Who knows where this story will go, but this first issue is very well done. Read Full Review
The main liability is that we never get to see the title characters. I realize Spears is trying to foster and air of mystery and a real presence by keeping them hidden from view. Having the other characters talk about them in hushed tones grants them a mythic, larger-than-life quality, yes, but the reader is left scratching his or her head. A blurb on the final page promises well meet the Pirates in the next issue, but I found I was really craving more information. I can appreciate the effort to establish mood, but a better balance between atmosphere and exposition would have been strengthened the book for me. Im still on board and anticipate the next issue, though, and fans of such titles as DMZ, American Virgin and Local will find this book of great interest. Read Full Review
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