If noir was in color and retro in style it would be this book. American Monster by Brian Azzarello. A simple but crazy story set in a small town. Issue six is just as crazy as its predecessor books. From the intense dialogue, smooth panel work, gritty violence, and its compelling secretive like storytelling every page keeps you hooked. Now this is a mature reader comic so don’t let the young ones get a hold of it. Juan Doe’s art work is a style that keeps it creative and casual but when it’s time to shine on the splash pages or action pages, he goes to work. It’s a nice comic to look at and when you read it you’ll get hooked even more. I really like what Azzarello does with relationships between characters whether they be good or bad. He really doesn’t have to be coy with this one so he’s unleashed the writing beast and it shows. It’s excellent work. Story, foul but funny dialogue and weird interesting characters.
With a wide cast of characters, American Monster is set in a small country town with big problems. Car bombings, dog shootings, drug-hormone induced teenagers and of course war veterans trying to forget their previous service life and of course can’t. It’s an interesting tale of you can’t run from your problems because they have a tracking device on your ass! Montclare the scarred man who has yet to reveal how he came to be has made a deal with Felix who is a gun and drug runner. The Reverend is the main supplier and big time runner who at the moment is also in the public light as he deals behind the backs of the locals while also playing them against each other in secret. The police chasing leads and teenagers chasing each other there’s a method to this madness. I have a feeling it’s all going to come to a head and soon!
This story is a great cluster of insanity. There’s so much going on but it’s balanced perfectly. You easily get swept up in the story. If you’re a fan of Frank Miller’s Sin City then this comic is perfect for your eager and twisted hands. Brian Azzarello delivers one hell of a story here. If this is your jumping on point I would highly suggest you go back and read the previous five issues. You’ll wish it was a previous ten issues. With an artwork to match this twisted excellent tale Brian Azzarello and Juan Doe give us a comic book that makes me appreciate having patience and looking forward to picking it up every month. American Monster number six gets five out of five stars!
- Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Juan Doe
Colored by Juan Doe
Cover by Juan Doe
Publisher: Aftershock Comics