GRAPHIC NOVELS

Dead Eyes. Vol. 1

Image. Mar. 2020. 120p. ISBN 9781534315655. pap. $14.99. Rated: Teen+. crime fiction
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Throughout the 1990s, Martin Dobbs terrorized bank clerks, drug dealers, and mobsters across Boston as a masked outlaw dubbed Dead Eyes. His legend only grew after his sudden disappearance in 1997—some think him dead; others claim he vanished after stealing $12 million from a dangerous crime family. In reality, Martin retired to settle down with his wife, Megan—but when her health fails, and the salary Martin earns working at a department store falls far short of covering her medical bills, he’s forced to embark upon another crime spree. The good news is, he’s still got a knack for nabbing a big score; unfortunately, the Boston Mob has a long memory and takes their vendettas very seriously. Duggan (Dawn of X. Vol. 3) and McCrea (Judge Dredd: Mechanismo; Machine Law) combine the swashbuckling banditry of Ocean’s Eleven and the brutal, over-the-top violence and dark humor that made McCrea’s Hitman a gonzo crime classic.
VERDICT Watching Dead Eyes outsmart, outmaneuver, and outgun his enemies is a total blast in this first collection of what will hopefully be a long-running series.

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