Noir is always a rich genre to mine, and after BOOM! Studios' 4-issue run of Hit: 1955 about an undercover LAPD wetworks squad taking down organized crime, writer Bryce Carlson has returned bearing pages of rich, bloody treasures. In the tradition of James Ellroy and Mickey Spillane, Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker, Carlson has taken aim at the giants of the genre and proven himself worthy again. His story burns with stale smoke and gunpowder, the sour sweat of dreams denied and potential lost in the understew of the City.
And, placing it in this pivotal era of change for the LAPD only serves to give him a bigger, deeper sandbox to play in. The fall of organized crime, the shift to Parker Center, and the modernization of the police force as the LAPD seems to have taken control of the chaos from before; all of these are looming over the men fighting the real fight for Los Angeles, as threats to them come from their own people and their own souls.
Perfectly capturing the noir sensibility, Russ Manning Award-winner Vanesa R. Del Rey also returns to ink this gritty tale, aptly drenching her frames in the darkness of the story, allowing the desperate faces of the characters to serve as the only flickers of dim hope.
Pick them up individually as they come out or deny yourself a great pleasure and wait for the collection. You’ll only have yourself to blame.
VERDICT: Five Smoking, Empty Rounds out of Five
Hit: 1957 #1 is scheduled for release on March 25, 2015, and today is the final order cutoff for placing pre-orders with your local comic shop!