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"Jimmy's Vendetta: Part 1 – An Unexpected Guest" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Blue Fox Comics

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Written by Luca Palumbo
Illustrated by Christos Kyriacou
Colored by Darja Rattik
2021, 60 Pages

Review:

In the year 2189, the world is a very different place, but some principles still apply. The mob still runs things from the shadows and no one is more powerful than Don Kronos. Jimmy “The White” Bianchi found that out the hard way, but he's getting a second chance. He's back from the dead to avenge his own death, if only he can remember who put him six feet under.

Jimmy's Vendetta plays with some familiar tropes, but in new and interesting ways. We've seen mob revenge stories before. What sets this one apart is the supernatural side of it. We don't know how Jimmy came back from the dead just yet, but he's basically a walking corpse. He's not a mindless zombie though. He's just as fast and ruthless as he was in life, although he can take a few more bullets without slowing down.

Much of this first volume is full of absolutely insane gore and violence. Artist Christos Kyriacou delivers some dynamic fight scenes that really show off Jimmy's lethal talents. It feels like at least a third of this 60-page book is dedicated to a blood-drenched fight scene, but it's worth it. Throughout it all, Jimmy has this rictus grin on his face. I don't think he's actually smiling so much as the skin around his mouth has started to decay, leaving only the teeth behind.

Colorist Darja Rattik grounds Jimmy's Vendetta firmly in the future with bright, vibrant colors. The streets and clothing have some neon woven in to give them a look that would be home in movies like Demolition Man or The Fifth Element. This contrasts well with the mob, who are usually shown in more traditional dark suits.

Despite the great action scenes, some of the artwork can look a little flat or static. The pencils are a little too loose for my tastes. The basic forms are there though, so it's never difficult to tell what's going on.

Jimmy's Vendetta is like a futuristic version of The Crow. Writer Luca Palumbo weaves in elements of the mob into this futuristic setting and then coats the whole thing in blood. It's all wrapped in this supernatural bow, as the main character is an undead monster. There's enough here to grab your attention, setting a strong foundation for future stories.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover

Art: threestars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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