Review by Michael Pao
An early copy of the fifth issue of Damaged recently appeared in our inbox here at Nerd Reactor. Before I get into the nitty gritty of it, I have to say that beforehand, I was unfamiliar with this series. I have seen it on the stands, so I’m kind of excited that I get to check it out now. Since we’re jumping right into issue five, here’s a bit of background on the six part series from Sam Worthington’s (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) Full Clip Productions, which is published by Radical Publishing, written by David Lapham (Stray Bullets and Deadpool MAX), and features artwork by Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer and War Machine).
This is a tale of two brothers by the name of Frank and Henry Lincoln who each dish out their different brands of justice. Frank, on one hand, works within the law and is part of the San Francisco police force. Henry, on the other hand, has operated as a vigilante who works outside of the law and has left quite a path of destruction from city to city which eventually led him back home again. Now after thirty five years, the murder of a Russian mob boss has brought the two brothers together once again. After playing catch up and reading up on issues one through four before checking out five, I can say that this series reminds me a bit of a mix between Lethal Weapon (in fact every time I read Frank’s dialog it sounds like Danny Glover’s character Murtaugh) meets Punisher. The overall story here is solid but is a tad cliche as well.
Now in issue five of Damaged, the disappearance of five corrupt police officers has the rest of San Francisco’s police force and vigilantes alike in hot pursuit. Meanwhile Frank, who has now retired, is dead set in stopping Henry and his brother’s protégé, Isaac Lordsman. With the final issue coming up next, number five looks to be the calm right before the storm. It opens up with Frank and his girlfriend Wendy finally taking up his replacement Cassidy’s offer to try his wife’s pot roast. Readers can see that this is the final peaceful moment before the shit really hits the fan. Manco really steps it up here and gives us some very Norman Rockwell-esque artwork, and his layouts are just beautiful. Everything from the facial details to the body language is just top notch here. Now on the other side of the coin, Henry is finding it increasingly difficult in dealing with new partner in crime, Lordsman, who has decided to go off grid in search for the five corrupt cops. Lapham, as always, is just absolutely brilliant when it comes to writing crime type comics, and he really shows off those skills in this series.
I’m going to stop here as I don’t want to reveal too much, because if this sounds interesting I don’t want to ruin it for you. If you’re a fan of action flicks and cop thrillers, you’re definitively going to like what Damaged has in store for you. In fact I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Hollywood acquire this comic to become the next summer action blockbuster. I can’t wait to see what the team of Damaged has for us in the final sixth issue.
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