Hit: 1957 #1

Hit: 1957 #1

Writer: Bryce Carlson Artist: Vanesa Del Rey Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 1
7.3Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Crime is down in Los Angeles-at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate's unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater's being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

  • 10
    GWW - Enrique Rea Mar 27, 2015

    As good as Hit was, Hit: 1957 might be better. Issue one is off to a great start and not only pays homage to the likes of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain but it carves its own legacy in hard boiled fiction history. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - J.L. Caraballo Mar 31, 2015

    Itll be great to see where this storys going, and whether these characters are going to intersect and throw a few more shades of black into this already dark series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Mar 2, 2015

    The art is absolutely gorgeous in this issue right from the opening panels with Bonnie on the beach in San Clemente to the more brutal scenes of the hit squad doing what they do best. I did notice a slight change in the art around page 10 or so that was a bit off to me. Although still great art in my opinion, there was noticeably less detail and a lot more line work. This reminded me of the art in the first series where to me the art in this issue was a bit cleaner which I really enjoyed. The slight change might be jarring to some people, I felt it was a bit odd but nothing to ruin your experience of the book. Overall, Hit: 1957 #1 is a great debut issue and I can't wait to get back into the beautifully disturbing world of Hit again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Mar 26, 2015

    I could go on to introduce a who's who, but am going to leave that to you to discover and let you enjoy your journey into cops, crime and corruption. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 2, 2015

    Although all these aspects of a crime book have been used before, there is still the originality of the storyline when putting them to use. I’m a big fan of crime comic books, and this is the best one I’ve read in a long time. It’s not the most unique crime book I’ve read, but it’s one of the well-executed ones, and that’s more than enough to give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Mar 26, 2015

    If you enjoyed Hit: 1955, Criminal, or other crime noir comics then you should have no trouble getting into Hit: 1957. Overall, this story was really good, just not my personal taste. I've never been a huge fan of crime stories. Despite my lack of interest in crime noir I would be willing to give the next issue a chance. It's fast paced storytelling, so it's a book I can easily recommend to fans of the genre whether they buy single issues or trade paperbacks. I'm sure a lot of the story would make more sense if I had read Hit: 1955. It would give more insight to Harvey, but Carlson wrote this in a way that would be easy for anyone to jump on board. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 25, 2015

    Hit 1957 is not for people who haven't read the original series. Right now it's a decent, dark and efficent story that follows up the original well but makes some missteps in execution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Mark William Pawziuk Mar 26, 2015

    Hit: 1957 #1 contains thrilling scenes, but suffers from a lack of focused storytelling. Enthusiasts of the previous series will be eager to pick up this continuation of Hit. Those who missed it, however, are likely to feel lost. There is enough going on here, though, to whet the appetite of readers who enjoy murky noir tales of ruthless criminals and equally ruthless cops. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 26, 2015

    "Hit: 1957" #1 doesn't do a lot to stand out from other recent comics in the crime genre, but it's a good start to a new series and a worthy sequel to the previous one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Mar 25, 2015

    A bleak noir tale of vigilante cops and desperate femme fatales. Cliched but knowing, and with a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Mar 26, 2015

    Hit 1957 has a lot going for it. When the issue's many elements find their rhythm, the issue is absolutely fantastic and showcase just how great the arc can be. The slight overwhelming sensation early from gathering so much information and the few sequences that have some trouble with balancing the colors create some minor bumps. Still, there is more than enough here to be confident in looking forward to the next issue and expecting great things in this new arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 24, 2015

    All in all, Hit: 1957 #1 is a stylish issue, hampered by a tired script that feels like it would rather be a novel. Vanesa Del Rey's fantastically styled artwork is expertly colored by Niko Guardia, but Hit: 1957 #1 can't quite be recommended on eye candy alone. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Mar 26, 2015

    While every scene looks exquisite and Bonnie is an intriguing character, a flashback added in the third act compounds the feeling that Carlson may have packed too much into one issue. Read Full Review

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