The Last Days of American Crime #2 Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Greg Tocchini
Cover by: Alex Maleev
Letters by: Rus Wooton Radical Comics
Release Date: April 28, 2010
The Last Days of American Crime is another Rick Remender creator-owned book that is riddled with his originality and twists. Best described as a Science Fiction and Crime book, the basic premise is, what if the government announced that in a few days it would be sending a transmission that made it impossible to commit a crime through a type of mind control. As if that was not enough we are thrust into a world that no longer has a use for paper money.
This story shows that two genres that generally do not mix are compatible and interesting when meshed together with great skill and great art. Plus, how could you not feel like you’re getting your money’s worth when you are only paying two dollars more and you’re getting three times the content as a normal comic? The issue is like a mini trade paperback.
Now take the small scenario and think about what criminals would be doing once they heard that. That’s right, everyone is committing as much crime as they can before this signal is broadcast. That can mean anything from simply feeding their drug and sex habits to pulling off one of the largest heists in all of history. Add the fact that instead of just stealing paper money that the heist has to involve extremely sophisticated hacking skills and you get the perfect mix to make an extremely compelling story. Every page has you on the edge of your seat with action and intrigue as well as disgust and shock at the actions being committed.
All right, just to break it down for you this issue takes us past a plot set up and throws us into full force action. Let me just say it’s some of the most well put together action scenes in all of comics by the way. Graham and Shelby are thrown into a really fraked up interrogation with Graham’s old partners for the heist, who basically are trying to get their cut of the money that they were originally promised. While this is all going down Kevin is trying to get the laser cutter that the group needs to pull of the safe job so that Shelby can do her hacking thing. Add all the romantic tension into the mix and the background of America fighting over whether or not it is okay for the government to control its citizens’ minds even if it is for the greater good.
Now I would like to take a moment to feature the art by Greg Tocchini which fits perfectly. You would think that it would be hard to find someone who could make a distinct look for an original idea of Science Fiction mixed with a Crime feel but Tocchini does this perfectly. Oh yeah and if the crime aspect didn’t already tell you this the art will, this book is NOT for children. It is graphic in all the great ways. That’s right everyone gets their share of boobs, blood, and foul language. It’s fairly hard to classify Tocchini’s style but if I had to compare it to anything I would say it is a mix between Scalped and Criminal with a little bit of freshness with the color pallet.
Let me break it down for you more: Do you like Remender? Do you like crime stories? Do you like alternate futures? Do you like great art? Would you like to see someone stabbed through the temple with a screwdriver? If you said yes to any or all of these you need to go grab The Last Days of American Crime #1 and #2 and catch up before you miss out on one of the best new comics I have read since Chew and Sweet Tooth started.
I give The Last Days of American Crime a 5 out of 5.
I give the mini-series so far a 5 out of 5 as well.