The United States of Murder Inc. #1

The United States of Murder Inc. #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Michael Avon Oeming Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: May 14, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 4
8.7Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

From the creators of the Eisner Award-winning, best-selling POWERS comes a brand-new world of crime fiction like you've never seen before. In this oversized first issue, you will discover a world in which the families of organized crime never lost their stranglehold on the United States. Today is the day that Valentine Gallo becomes a made man, and it's also the day he learns the secrets behind the organization he has served since he was old enough to walk. But it is mysterious hitwoman Jagger Rose that will forever turn his life upside down. Be there when shocking secrets of this new world spill out onto the very past page. This bold new vision of crime fiction harkens back to Bendis' earliest work in crime comics, while also giving you everything you expect from the creators of POWERS, one of the most successful and longest-lasting independent comics in history.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 14, 2014

    Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back together with a new series. I went into this issue without knowing a single detail as to what it was about. The reality is, you don't need to. You're probably familiar with the work from these two and that pretty much tells you all you need to know. Seeing a world with the mob having a big influence in the United States makes an interesting backdrop and we're getting to see a lot of cool new characters. With details being revealed and a great twist at the end, I am definitely onboard this series. You'll want to make sure you jump on this series now rather than try to catch up later. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 14, 2014

    While they may be sporadic, Brian Michael Bendis’ creator owned winning streak, and the entire Icon line as a whole, continues in grand, stylish fashion with the release of The United States of Murder INC. #1. Bendis and his team also continue to produce top notch product as the result of their creative partnership. Bendis sometimes is only as good as the artists working with him and by that yardstick, he and Michael Avon Oeming along with Taki Soma have become one of those sure fire creative teams that will always deliver to the reader both a satisfying narrative experience and stunning visual storytelling. There is a reason that critics and audiences alike respond to stories like Casino and White Heat and now comics has yet another series that can stand toe to toe with some of these great mafia movies of recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 19, 2014

    This first issue absolutely delivers on what you expect from this creative team. Stellar art matching outstanding writing that provides a complete package in the same way the first issue of Powers delivered years ago. These creators are also known for long delays between issues. Hopefully we see don't see those delays here and get a good start to this series without losing momentum. Bendis and Oeming look to have yet another hit on their hands and I want to see more soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Cianni May 16, 2014

    Being an Italian-American from New Jersey (who may or may not have witnessed a few sketchy transactions in a backroom somewhere), I could see why you might think I'm biased here. On the contrary, mob fiction has never really been my thing. But Bendis, Oeming and the rest of the team worked to make United States of Murder, Inc an intriguing and charismatic book. In fact, with this double issue you get 49 pages of the creators' script sketches and artwork sketches. Great writing, great art, novel plot — there's no reason not to pick this up. 10 out of 10 Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - liamkelleher333 May 20, 2014

    The digital edition of this comic is an absolute monster filled with the entire script for the first issue as well as a sketchbook section which should be a huge draw to any fans who are process nuts. It's a great little extra that makes this reader feel that I certainly got my moneys worth. This is a brilliant debut issue from a creative team that works as a well oiled machine, it should be on everyone's reading list whether you're a fan of the crime genre or just comics in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee May 14, 2014

    It’s absolutely gripping and exciting, definitely a high point for both Bendis and Oeming. They’ve created intriguing characters, and developed a world completely unique. The United States of Murder Inc., is definitely going to be a hit and I genuinely can’t wait see what comes from it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 15, 2014

    At $3.99 for over 40 pages of story plus a robust letters column, “United States of Murder Inc.” represents an incredible value for your precious comic dollars. Plus, by essentially packaging two issues for the price of one, Bendis and Oeming have softened the blow of any (likely inevitable) delays the book may suffer down the line. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 15, 2014

    Overall, it's a compelling crime drama that will no doubt appeal to enthusiastic and even casual fans of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper May 17, 2014

    The United States of Murder Inc. #1 is a glimmer of hope for Bendis fans and an intriguing new series to boot. I'd definitely recommend following this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 15, 2014

    The United States of Murder Inc. #1 offers an intriguing premise, great art and a bevy of well crafted characters. Though there are a few minor nitpicks, the quality pairing of Bendis and Oeming is sure to bring readers back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book City Podcast - Fetch May 18, 2014

    Buy this book. Crime + Bendis + Marvel Icon= Must read. It has a great premise and few writers do crime stories as well as Brian Bendis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards May 14, 2014

    The United States of Murder Inc. #1 shows a lot of potential with its setup, concepts, and twists alone. Having some good writing and unique, but gorgeous visuals only sweetens the deal. It could use some more ironing out in areas, but as is, this kind of comic should be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia May 15, 2014

    Reading through The United States of Murder Inc. #1 feels as exciting as a Guy Ritchie or Edgar Wright film. Bendis, Oeming and Soma have certainly delivered. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes III May 20, 2014

    Bendis does a nice bit of world building in this oversized first issue. The hooks are there and you'll want to come back to get deeper in this mob ruled world. To paraphrase fellow Dartmouth grad Michael Corleone, If you think you're going to get out, this book will just pull you back in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 15, 2014

    I enjoyed this comic a great deal, and I seem to be paying so little attention of late that I didn't even realise it was coming out. I just saw it on the rack at the comic book shop and thought "I'd like to read more Bendis, and this doesn't require loads of pre existing knowledge of what came before it!". I'm glad I did (see kids, acting on impulse works out sometimes), I found a really different looking book from anything else I'm reading, and in a setting that I did not know I wanted a comic about. It turns out I did. Check it out at your local comic book shop, or digitally online if you have one of those new fangled tablet thingys. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton May 14, 2014

    A fun read that you'll want to go through a second time. Don't let this one sneak past you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 15, 2014

    In the end, there's a lot to like for a first issue, and based on Bendis and Oeming's reputation and what they've set up, it's a no-brainer to tune in for the second. However, time will tell whether they can distance themselves from "Powers" or if "The United States of Murder, Inc." will forever live a bit in its shadow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 17, 2014

    I'm still not entirely convinced that there's a case to be made for La Cosa Nostra taking the place of Iran, North Korea, or Putin's Russia as the principal international thorn in America's side, but I'm sufficiently engaged in Valentine's story to stick with it for now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    melt_man May 15, 2014

    Great! There was a ton of story here in an over-sized 40 page format, and every moment was fantastic. The art is Mignola-esque, with heavy black shadow, but is slightly more cartoony. I'm interested in seeing issue 2 and how Bendis handles the shorter 20-22 page format and I'm curious to see what direction this book is heading. However, this issue is highly recommended.

  • 9.0
    joonoo Jun 9, 2014

    that's amazing!!!

  • 10
    fivexfive May 16, 2014

  • 9.0
    MatchesMalone Jun 17, 2014

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