Review by Decapitated Dan
Alabaster Graves, the hero of John Heffernan and Leonardo Manco’s Driver for the Dead (Radical Comics), is not the kind of driver you’d expect to see at a traditional funeral. A “scruffy looking” guy in a cheap black suit, Graves drives a souped up hearse named Black Betty that looks like something Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth might’ve concocted.
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
Alright, you got me pencil, ink and paper, this is one great looking book. However, I have to just point out that Moses Freeman looks just like Morgan Freeman, and, come on, the same last name? Alright, now that we have that out of the way, we have yet another visually stunning book from Radical. The colors on this book pop the characters off of every page and I cannot wait to see what else comes next. There is also a great deal of depth in the panels which just lends to the overall great look of this issue.
Story: 4.5 out of 5
So if you know me, you know I love Louisiana culture, speaking of which, can we get a Saints reference in here? Okay, enough, fun aside, let’s get serious… this book rocks! I didn’t know exactly what to expect and still really don’t. We have witches, vampires, zombies and plenty of Voodoo to make this one fun filled freak show that I fell in love with. The story starts strong, and honestly we could have another book based on why Moses went to that house in the first place, but that’s another tale. Plenty of build up that lends itself to one compelling and fresh idea.
Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Solid art with an original fun filled story… yeah, okay, we have a WINNER! I love what Radical is bringing to the table, and if you have somehow managed to pass so far, that needs to end now. Driver for the Dead has a lot of great points that drive this story in itself, but they are also setting up for sooooooooo much more. Now where is #2 because I NEED IT NOW!!
If you would like to buy or know more about Driver for the Dead #1 you can find it at your LCS or at http://www.radicalpublishing.com