The Last Days of American Crime #1
Issue 1 of 3
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Greg Tocchini
Lettering by Rus Rooton
64 pages, Full Color; $4.99
From Rick Remender, the critically acclaimed writer of Punisher and Fear Agent comes the first issue of The Last Days Of American Crime. Featuring covers from Alex Maleev and Greg Tocchini this crime noir thriller captured my attention with its really cool premise. Picture this:
In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.
Enter Graham Bricke, a career criminal never quite able to hit the big score. In a grand scheme, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country, and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live… and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the heist of the century into the last crime in American history.
The concept of The Last Days Of American Crime blows my mind. There’s just so much you can mine from a world where crime is about to be outlawed and the days are literally numbered for all the criminals. Remender seems to be at home in this world and the first issue does a good job at setting up the universe. Without a doubt the best part of the book is Tocchini’s illustrations. He does some really cool things with painted art and I want more!
Unfortunately with this book being bi-monthly I’ll have to wait until February for my next fix, but you can rest assured I will be there with bells on when the next issue drops. Note – the second printing of Issue #1 will hit shelves the same day Issue #2 is released.