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Damaged #1 is the Pinnacle of What Comics Can Be

Review by “Big Tim” at

“Judging a (Comic) Book by its Cover” is a new experiment where I’ll be picking up a comic book entirely on the merit of a cool cover. This week, we look at Damaged #1 (of 6) from Radical Comics.

I’m surprised that, as such a fan of Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Scarlet), I didn’t recognize this cover as his work. And I’m actually glad I didn’t recognise it as Maleev, because I probably would have gone for that Star Wars cover I was looking at.

Regardless, this cover delivers. You look at this cover and you know exactly what to expect from this comic: a hard-hitting crime story.

Damaged #1 opens at the Buffalo House Bar & Grill. There’s a car out front, waiting in the dark. On the passenger seat there’s a newspaper with the headline “Bodies of missing girls found.” A nameless cop is preparing to raid the bar. As he puts on his bullet-proof vest, we see a scar in the shape of a police badge on his chest. But before he goes into the bar, he splashes flammable liquid all over the wall outside. So begins a roller-coaster ride about policemen, vigilantes, mafia, and politics.

Created by Michael Schwarz and Jonathan Schwarz, Damaged #1 is written by David Lapham, illustrated by Leonardo Manco and colored by Kinsun Loh, Jerry Choo and Sansan Saw.

The interior art of Damaged #1 is the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen. I don’t have the words to describe what I’m looking at. It’s almost like photographs or still frames from a movie. I only wish that all comic books looked as good as this book.

Damaged #1 is the pinnacle of what a comic book can be. The story is totally compelling. The artwork is incredible. The characters are interesting.

One thing I noticed was the credit of Executive Producer. I’m not sure what exactly that means in the comic book industry, but it struck me as interesting that the Executive Producer is one of my favorite actors, Sam Worthington.

All-in-all, I am very glad I decided to pick up Damaged #1 on the merits of the cover alone. It was the best thing I read last week. Go and get it. I can’t sing its praises highly enough.

Click the image to go to this article at Giant Fire Breathing Robot or click here to learn more about Damaged #1, now available at your local comic shop.


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