Violent Love #1

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Victor Santos Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 9, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
8.5Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley were two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love. Join FRANK J. BARBIERE (FIVE GHOSTS, The Revisionist) and VICTOR SANTOS (THE MICE TEMPLAR, Polar) for a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action! Double-sized debut issue!

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 12, 2016

    Sometimes art will make me an instant fan and want to seek out more, and Santos has done this for me with Violent Love #1. I continue to flip through these pages, just to see how brilliant his storytelling is. Inset panels, full splashes, you name it"it's all here and laid out so clearly. I'm thrilled to get more of his art, especially paired to the great story by Barbieri. I can't recommend this first issue enough! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Impulse Gamer - Lyla Saudi Nov 19, 2016

    Violent Love #1 would be a shame to miss out on. Full of action, suspense and intrigue this is a fantastic start to the series and I cannot wait for the second issue to come out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Neutral Grey Nov 9, 2016

    All in all, I actually really like this comic. It's quite a great first issue. If you're an Image fan, a sucker for tragedy, like some romance every now and again, or maybe all three, I think Violent Love may be a story you want to give attention to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Oct 26, 2016

    Barbiere and Santos just joined Brubaker and Phillips as one of comics' great noir teams. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Nov 10, 2016

    This may end up being one of the surprise hits of the year. You're going to want to get in on the ground floor on this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 8, 2016

    Violent Love will draw you in and never let go. It's incredibly cinematic at times and you'll be wanting a whole lot more once it ends. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 8, 2016

    Usually when readers see the word "crime" on a cover of a comic book, the image of dingy alleys, rain soaked trenchcoats and flying bullets instantly pops into their heads. However Violent Love #1 offers a much sunnier and much more humanist take on the genre, focusing on the person before the taint of crime and allowing readers to fully understand one of the leads before the dam breaks. Frank J. Barbiere, Victor Santos and Dylan Todd take things slow, but not slow enough to make this debut a durge. While we know where the story ends, they work to make the journey to get there as vibrant and as affecting as possible. Not all stories have happy endings, but Violent Love #1 starts this one off on the right foot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 13, 2016

    Though this issue is the set up of the series, its a terrific starting point. How does Daisy turn into one of the most wanted criminals, and when does she meet her partner in crime? All questions I cant wait to see answered as Violent Love continues on. This is a superb start to another exciting entry to the crime comics genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Nov 9, 2016

    I really want to know how Daisy and Rock fall in love, and I want to see how Daisy ends up on the wrong side of the law. I know what she went through is absolutely tragic, but I still am intrigued at what would make her turn to a life of violent crime. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and I am excited for Barbiere and Santos to answer them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Nov 11, 2016

    There is literally nothing I didn't like about this comic. The story, dialog, pacing, and illustration are all just about perfect for my taste. Everything comes together in such a cohesive manner that even though I normally would be more critical of the art styling, it works so well in this setting that I can't complain. I found myself audibly gasping as turned the pages, and as a long time comic book reader, that is rare. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Nov 9, 2016

    Violent Love wont be for everyone. Its a mature historical comic about deadly people making terrible choices. But if you like Fargo, if you love Bonnie and Clyde, I suggest you check this out. Daisys character is intriguing from the get go and I feel like the series will only get better as it progresses. I would recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Nov 10, 2016

    It doesn't take long to become fully invested in Daisy's and her father's plight, or to feel like you might continue rooting for her, no matter what terrible hell she unleashes in the future. As it's written on the last page, "Good love is not safe." It can make monsters of us all, and surely Daisy's revenge will not be swift and gentle for her father's captors.Violent Loveis a fantastic story in which to get lost. It's arrived right when many of us are seeking such a retreat.Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 11, 2016

    Barberie and Santos have my attention. A great piece of pulp to get lost in at just the right moment. We're able to spiral out of control along with Daisy behind the safety of a colorful narrator leading the way. There's still a lot more to find out and 'Violent Love' has me hooked.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Nov 16, 2016

    I'm assuming next issue will be about Rock, so make sure to pick up a copy and learn more about this infamous couple! This series, so far, looks like it might put the criminals in a better light than usual, so this should be a great read. History buffs and crime readers, get your fix with Violent Love! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Oct 21, 2016

    Crime Romance, violence and love describe it how you wish, Violent Love is a book that focuses on the recklessness of human beings and the consequences of actions driven by emotions rather than clear thinking. Its both exciting and cringe-worthy, but definitely worth adding to your pull list, especially if youre looking for reliability in comics outside of superhero books. Once again Image relies on top creators to produce quality books and we cant wait to see what happens next month in Violent Love. Will the book continue to build on the Crime genre, or will it become increasingly familiar? Will there be more similarities with other titles and creators out there already, or will it become even more unique and original? These are some of the critical questions to keep in mindas the series progresses, whether were entertained or not, but if issue #1 is any indication, readers will likelybe satisfied and then some. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Dec 14, 2016

    My biggest complaint about Violent Love is the lack of originality in the set up. It's telling when a reviewer has trouble picking one of the many hyper-violent, madly in love criminal couples already in our cultural lexicon to even compare these characters too. It's not the most original thought, but there is evidence aplenty that their story will be worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 9, 2016

    I was unsure about this book at first, even with the draw ofBarbiere. I have looked at it a number of times and can say with certainty, it's a book that gets better with every reading, which allows the first glance recognition of obviousness to be dispelled with nuance and violence. Fans of heist books who pick this book up may feel a little cheated, as there is no real heist in play. But readers will need to stick with it to garner the fullest of enjoyment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Brian Belanger Nov 18, 2016

    I liked how this book was set up as a story being told within a story, especially given what this is all about. Additionally, I really appreciated how we're being led into the grand scheme piece by piece starting with Daisy's half of the tale. You won't need to rob a bank to afford this book, which is good because it's one you'll want to buy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Nov 9, 2016

    Love, for all its romanticized invincibility, is often an equally destructive force. Love ties us up and tortures us with a thousand knives, convinces us to do stupid and hurtful things and often traps us in places we should never be. So what happens when we push that live a little harder? How long will a fire last until it burns itself out and at the center of those intense flames, what transcendence will we see? Read Full Review

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