Guns A-Blazin’: A Review of 'Declan and Chang: Sweet F.A.'

 

Declan and Chang Sweet FA Issue Number 1 coverBlatant violence doesn’t always grab my interest, and when it is involved, there has to be a hook that will keep me coming back for more. And, that’s what this comic did. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I didn’t think I was going to like it much, but the first issue ended with such a cliffhanger that I just had to find out what happened next. And then, at the end of the second issue, my interest was still piqued. I’m still not sure what to make of it overall, as gratuitous violence and profanity don’t always hold my interest, but I’m more than willing to find out, and I hope others are, too.

SPOILERS BELOW


Very Brief Summary (covering Issues #1-2)


Two cyborg guns-for-hire are called in to take out a precinct of corrupt cops and recover some technology for a high-level police officer, but they run into some problems when they encounter a genetically-engineered criminal enforcer. After being rescued by an old friend, the dynamically-armed duo are approached by the same police officer, but this time he’s trying to arrest them for the operations he sent them on.


Observations

As I said earlier, I’m not much for gratuitous violence most of the time, and this comic has a lot of violence; I felt as if I was reading a comic based off of the reality set forth by The Expendables. (In fact, there were a lot of similarities to the film that I saw in the comic, so much that I wonder if the creators drew any inspiration from it in addition to being originally created for an RPG.) The writing is very clear and flows well, but it is full of massive amounts of profanity, making the comic very much not for children. That, coupled with the violence, really makes it a mature-audience read, and it is clearly marked as such (thankfully). It does have a certain appeal, however, with how the cliffhangers are set up at the end of each issue; that’s not something new in the world of comics, but it is done so well in this regard that it really draws the readers in.


The Future

It’s no surprise that the police officer who hired them is now trying to arrest them for doing exactly what he asked of them—I could see it coming from the beginning, especially after how they “questioned” the police officer—but why would he exactly do it now? He’s not going to get what he wanted out of the arrest, so what is he thinking by pulling the stunt right now? Also, just what drives these two beyond the money; there has to be more as to why they keep putting their lives on the line for money (even if it is a massive amount of it), so what is it? Well, we’ll have to find out when issue #3 comes out.





Declan and Chang: Sweet F.A. will have a total of six issues.  Issues #1 and #2 are currently available for sale through indieplanet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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