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Metal Life Gives Driver #1 A 9/10

Review by Eva Jarkiewicz

Review Rating: 9/10

Radical introduces a new supernatural horror set in the heart of Louisiana, from John Heffernan(screenwriter for Snakes on a Plane) and illustrator Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer).

Alabaster Graves is a driver for the dead. As a twenty-year veteran of funeral homes, mortuaries, and coroners’ offices across the Deep South, he has chauffeured hundreds of bodies to their final resting places, although the trip isn’t always so restful. Graves is a “specialty driver”, one who’s called in for the more unusual assignments that come down the pike, and if unusual equals dangerous, well, that’s just a job that pays more. Matter of fact, that’s just what Alabaster is about to get when the assignment to transport the body of renowned voodoo priest, Mose Freeman, drops in his lap. With Freeman’s sultry granddaughter riding shotgun, Alabaster must cover the distance from Shreveport to New Orleans to retrieve the remains. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pursued by a resurrectionist named Fallow – a necromancer who gets his power from stealing body parts… and for whom the corpse of Mose Freeman would be the ultimate prize.

This first issue in the three part story of Driver for the Dead definitely met my criteria for a good read… a strong story and amazing artwork. Perhaps it is that John Heffernan is a screenwriter (Snakes on a Plane) and thus knows how to not only build his story but also pace it appropriately to give the reader sufficient time to understand what is happening but fast enough to keep the reader hooked. Team this with impressive art that contained an amazing degree of detail work while still maintaining the appropriate level of grit and grime and you are on your way to a great read.

A hot rod hearse, a driver with a bad attitude with a weapons cache of both machine guns and mystical tools, hoodoo, vampires and more. This story promises to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next.

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