The Violent #3

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 2, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
8.5Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Mason spirals further out of control, pulling those near down with him. The bodies continue to pile up.

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Mar 2, 2016

    I'm really digging this series. It's violent in a way that is fundamentally uncomfortable, targeting families. Joel might have had some nasty stuff happen to him, but it was quick and comparably merciful to watching Mason's life be torn away from him bit by bit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Mar 8, 2016

    Being only on issue three, there has not been much time for the creative team to lose their momentum. When I reviewed issue one, I claimed that Brisson,Gorham, and Galandare creating a narrative both superb and tragic in nature and this still remains true. The art and dialogue fit so well together that I can't help but give it praise. In unison these two elements form the tragic nature of this story that act as a testament to the craft of the series. While it's still too early to praise the title collectively, there's nothing stopping me that saying that each issue, and surely those to come, will be both emotionally charged and physically violent. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Dennis Burns Mar 3, 2016

    As the father of a young boy, the struggle is real when it comes to the near-constant worry and concern about your little one. Brisson and Gorham have done an excellent job of capturing that feeling on the printed page, but that knot in your stomach may not be enough for you to love this book.The Violent feels like a deranged trip into Vancouver's underbelly, but I am not sure it has the legs to be an ongoing. I am going to finish this opening arc because I really do want to know Mason's fate, and Gorham's pencils are giving off a great Sean Phillips vibe in the best possible way, but buyer beware:The Violent is Murphy's Law incarnate, complete with guns, drugs, and abandoned babies. I like the grim style of the book, but I'll want something in future installments for me to look forward to besides another improvisedmurder or another lowlife “getting what's coming to him.” Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Mar 2, 2016

    In issue two of The Violent, Mason crossed a moral event horizon. In the third issue, Brisson has Mason give in to an inexorable gravitational pull of self-destruction. It seems highly unlikely this story will end happily for most characters. And the quiet simmer is becoming a violent boil. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Mar 4, 2016

    The Violentcontinues to make sure you never get comfortable with or complacent towards these characters' plights. By exhibiting a palpablehumanity in Becky and Mason (and the familiar snap-decisions that usually come with it), Ed Brisson, Adam Gorham, and Michael Garlandconvey one crucial thing — that these people could be any of us, ifthe circumstances were right andwe fell on hard times. Once again wrapped up with an equally thought-provoking short story from a Vancouver writer, The Violent remains a captivating story of the cycles of survival and defeat. Read Full Review

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