Friday, September 3, 2010

The Last Days of American Crime #3

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Greg Tocchini

There's nothing quite like a good heist story. Usually, tales like this one are told in movies and not comics, and so Remender's The Last Days of American Crime is pretty unique, especially since it is as much a science fiction story as it is a good crime book.

In this issue, Graham and his untrustworthy crew finally do the job they've been planning for the first two issues.  They must complete their heist of a computer that charges pre-paid credit cards before the government begins broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible for a person to commit a crime.  This has led to an absolute outbreak of chaos, as Americans indulge themselves in behaviour that they will not be able to do ever again.  Of course, nothing goes as planned, as Graham has to decide if Shelby, the beautiful woman that he is working with, is legitimately interested in him or is simply playing him.

Tocchini's art looks a little rough at the beginning of this book, but by the end he has regained his stride, and draws some very beautiful pages.  Remender's writing is always at its best when he is working on a title of his own creation, and it's nice to see him do projects like this while doing so much work at Marvel.

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