WARNING – THIS COMIC TOUCHES ON SUBJECTS THAT WILL OFFEND, AND IS MEANT TO AS IT IS TRYING TO GIVE AN ACCURATE PORTRAYAL TO THE READER. I PROVIDE THIS WARNING AS SOME WORDS OTHERS MAY NOT WANT TO SEE, SUCH AS RACIAL SLURS, ARE INCLUDED IN THE COMIC, AS WELL AS THE IMAGES IN THE REVIEW.
Title : American Carnage
Publisher : DC Vertigo
Writer : Bryan Hill
Illustrator : Leandro Fernandez
Thoughts on Cover
There is no doubt in my mind what this comic was going to be about, from the moment it caught my eye, right to the moment I actually picked it up. American history is full of glorious achievements but also heinous acts of needless aggression.
I could tell from the cover, this comic would touch a lot on the latter part of my thoughts. From a burning cross, to a congregated group of “angry” men, all foreshadowed by your classic overly rich white oil tycoon looking jackass.
Maybe I was seeing a few things that weren’t there, or at least didn’t exist the way I was expecting, but I can assure you it hits hard.
Sheila Curry is an FBI agent who tends to be recognized as an outstanding agent who makes the right call most of the time. On the inside, she is also willing to do what’s needed.
In comes disgraced FBI former agent Richard Wright, who she brings into the fold to uncover the secrets that others are not willing to investigate. Since the man in question is rich, white, and a prolific member of society, the FBI doesn’t want to tread on toes since there is no conclusive evidence to do it.
What follows is a half-black ex-cop whose skin is white enough to try and infiltrate the racist deep south rooted groups around, to find an answer to a question only two agents thought to ask.
What I Liked
- The depth, the dimension, and the story itself is powerful. Overall I absolutely enjoyed this piece as it made me step out of my comfort zone, and did a really amazing job in showing us the struggle of what people actually live with each day all around the world. It hit hard.
- The artwork was absolutely amazing, fits perfectly with the story, and left exactly enough to make me want more, so much more.
What I Didn’t Like
- I got nothing for you all here, it was damned near perfect.
Any fan of comics will enjoy this one in full. The only thing to use caution with is the language used, the racist views, and the overall theme is tough to read. Do not go into this one thinking that you will be the same mentally when you are done. I’ve only had a chance to read the first issue, and already I know this is going to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster.