Loose Ends #1

Writer: Jason Latour Artist: Chris Brunner, Rico Renzi Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 25, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
8.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE
No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into "The Hideaway," a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run-from the law, from the criminals, even from himself.
  
LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida. From JASON LATOUR, the Eisner-winning co-creator of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and the writer of Spider-Gwen, CHRIS BRUNNER (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Batman: Legends of th more

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jan 11, 2017

    Loose ends is an experience that lets you know what its like to be there yourself. The environment is as claustrophobic as the atmosphere, and its just a matter of time before everyone on the premises is affected in one sour way or another. And its all perfectly appropriate. Loose Ends #1 is a triumph of comic book professionalism with genuine artistic authority. Well worth the cover price and offered in an ideal four issue format. Apparently its been a long time in the making, folks, but this is gonna be a good one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 25, 2017

    'Loose Ends' is a gritty masterpiece that pulls you in. It captures the dark storytelling edge you've seen in things like Hell or High Water, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and Justified. If you like 'Southern Bastards' you'll love 'Loose Ends.' Latour, Brunner, and Renzi bring you your next comic book obsession. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jan 25, 2017

    Overall, I thought this was a solid first issue and the only downside that I can think of right now is that there are only going to be four issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Zach Feb 22, 2017

    LOOSE ENDS #1 and #2 make a great start to an intense and mesmerizing crime story that makes full use of its Southern setting. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Jan 25, 2017

    Overall, if you missed the 4 issue run of Loose Ends when it first came out in 2011 (which you almost assuredly did), do yourself the favor and check it out this time. If the first issue is any indication, you'll like the ride it takes you on. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Jan 25, 2017

    Loose Ends is a spunky crime-romance caper that, on the surface, may sound like many that have come before it, yet somehow it retains a certain freshness and an earnest grit all its own. Most definitely worth checking out for those who prefer romantic stories with an occasional right to the jaw. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Nate Charles Jan 30, 2017

    With its first issue, Loose Ends puts the wheels in motion for an interesting tale that, on the surface, has elements of Shakespearean tragedy. However I'm not so sure that is the sort of story that Latour and company have in store for us. I, for one, am very excited to find out where we're were going and will enjoy the ride. Whether Sonny and company will is another thing entirely. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Word Of The Nerd - MJ Smith Jan 18, 2017

    However, a great comic book author is only as good as his collaborators. Fortunately for Latour, his collaborators are powerhouses. Artist Chris Brunner (Southern Bastards) and colorist Rico Renzi (Batman Beyond) bring the art of Loose Ends to visceral life. Brunner's art is distinct and he is able to load a panel with visual information without overwhelming the reader. Renzi has created a wonderful color palette that he uses to convey tense and perspective. Each character sees the world in a certain way and each flashback has a fuzzy overtone. Loose Ends is a beautiful comic through and through. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Jan 27, 2017

    Overall, Loose Ends is a gritty southern crime romance that'll keep you turning pages. And while many bemoan the short length, I'm actually all in favor of short, concise series; they're a lot more difficult to pull off, and while we're forfeiting long-term character development, the best writers can do a lot with a little. Hopefully Loose Ends exhibits that in the next 3 issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Jan 11, 2017

    Loose Ends is back and better than ever.Be sure to pick up issue one when it rereleases on January 25, even if you already gave it a shot the first time around. You'll get the finale that you've been waiting six years for, along with a new format, new covers, and a few other updates. "But don't worry," said Latour in a recentImage+ interview, "Han still shoots first." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 26, 2017

    With a cadre of lived-in characters and a host of neon visuals crackling with personality, this is the kind of book that grabs your attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Richard Wanderman Jr. Jan 16, 2017

    This is one fast-moving tale, despite the ‘going nowhere' theme, and the inaugural issue gets us revved up with a dose of tragedy…compounded with tragedy. As our protagonists, if one can call them such, race away from the terrible events that happened in a nothing's space of time, we race after them in search for more of the story. I'm truly enjoying this title, and look forward to the next three issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Jan 30, 2017

    If you picked up the original series, do yourself a favor and re-buy this re-issue and refresh your memory. If you didnt, but are a fan of Latours other work, buy this series. Its a southern noir masterpiece that you will not be able to put down. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jan 30, 2017

    A great start that draws you into its seedy, vibrant, violent world, "Loose Ends" #1 is soaked with as much neon as it is blood. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 25, 2017

    Even for those who have already read it, Loose Ends #1 is a book well worth the 10 years it took to come home. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 1, 2017

    Every wonky detail may stand out as you read through, but at the end, all you're left with is the impression of a slick movie trailer. Lots of images that don't always fit together, snippets of a disjointed story you trust them to bring together in the end, and visuals that make you want to watch it over and over. Loose Ends #1 is way more than the sum of its parts, and I can't wait for more. In fact, after reading it and making sense of it all, the part I liked least was right on the cover " that little blurb promising ONLY four issues! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jan 25, 2017

    Honestly, I think this review might make me come across as totally lost but I want to be as honest as possible about the way I felt about this comic. I did not enjoy this issue and I think someone who has just as little context for the story before reading the issue will not enjoy it either. In my opinion, you should pick up Loose Ends #1. Pick up Loose Ends #1 from 2011 and get a better introduction to this world than this issue provides. I did not find this comic to be accessible but I did not think it was bad. I will be reading the previous Loose Ends mini-series and returning to this book to see if my opinion changes. I recommend you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Carl Hamlin Jan 25, 2017

    I am not sure how I feel about this book... I was highly looking forward to reading this because the writer is a local of Charlotte,North Carolina like I am, but this dialogue felt off for me through the whole issue. The art isn't my favorite, but it isn't bad either. I know this is a four issue mini-series as well, but everything felt way to rushed as well. Now with all the negatives out of the way the book did intrigue me, it kept me interested for the whole book as well as leaving me ready to read the next issue coming out sometime in February. Read Full Review

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