Grant Morrison described his newest venture for Image Comics as “Sin City meets It’s A Wonderful Life,” however, I was not expecting the turn that issue #1 took. It is a crazy trip and I would love to see the look on every reader’s face as they come to find where those feathers featured falling on the cover are coming from.
It’s Christmas time, it’s snowing and it’s the big city. We meet our antihero, Nick Sax. Sax is a highly decorated former detective we come to assume has abandoned or been abandoned by his former good life and family. A botched hit lands him in the hospital with the mob coming to press him for information and then things get wacky and the mystery starts to unfold.
As usual, Morrison crafts a story filled with strong voices. His use of rough language and grammar works with these shady characters and seems like natural, not forced, dialogue. Sax gets very animated during the last few pages as the story starts kicking things into high gear. There will be blood, but there are going to be laughs too. And since family is going to be involved (Sax’s daughter at least), it may be heartwarming as well. It’s too early to tell with just one issue, but the story gets kicked off with a bang here.
The artwork by Darick Robertson is just phenomenal. I love panels that feature snow and he does a great job with the snowy city scenes. Robertson makes an ugly scene (a vomiting drunk being peed on by a dog) look almost beautiful.
If you are a fan of Morrison already, you will appreciate this story. If you have not read any of his work, this is a great place to start.
The official synopsis contains spoilers I don’t want to give, so read at your risk here:
Meet NICK SAX – a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy…
September 26, 2012
Item Code: JUL120382
Written: Grant Morrison Art: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Richard P. Clark Letter: Simon Bowland Designer: Drew Gill