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Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #1: Advance Comic Book Review


The Victories 1Michael Avon Oeming’s Victories is not the comic book I expected. This is the first issue in a new world, so I don’t know what it is exactly, but I do know that I am intrigued.  There is some Batman in this book’s DNA, but it is focused through a darker lens. The city is a den of crime and corruption. Vigilantes have risen to take back the city, including our protagonist, Faustus. He attempts, poorly, to crack jokes while delivering the hurt, but there is a deeper conflict which I, personally, can’t wait to investigate further. One thing about this book that impressed me was the villain, The Jackal. He is convinced that he is on the only moral path, even when he is murdering people. This makes the best kind of bad guy, and he is not wasted here. The relationship between The Jackal and Faustus is clearly well-established and interesting, despite the relative lack of details so far.

I am a big fan of the artwork here. Oeming’s work on Powers has been one of my favorites for a long time. I love his style, and it does not disappoint in this book. The action is exciting, but the scenes where one of the characters is suffering from crippling self-doubt are just as impressive. I happen to be a fan of the messy painted style, and this is a wonderful example. Much of the book is tightly illustrated, but as emotions take hold, the artist seems to lose his control.

Overall, for a story with almost no details, I found myself incredibly drawn in. This did exactly what a first issue is supposed to do. I want to see what happens. I want to explore the characters. I want to pick up the next issue.

Five mysterious vigilantes out of five.


Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor


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