Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Motor Crush' #1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr


★★★★☆ (4/5)

Leave it to the creative team that reinvented Batgirl of Burnside to bring a thrilling original story about a daring girl obsessed with speed in a futuristic seaside setting in Motor Crush #1. 

Following in her daddy's championship footsteps, Domino Swift is looking to make her mark in "the World's Favorite Sport," the World Grand Prix of motorcycle racing. Dom, a cross between Rihanna and Grace Jones, is a fearless speed racer that can't get enough of the competition the circuit provides. It leads to some brutal street racing only someone like Mad Max's Furiosa could love, mixed with the subtext of an illegal drug called Crush that has devastating consequences for some in the issue. 

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr are unleashed to create an immensely immersive vision of the future after triumphantly giving Batgirl a fresh fun makeover at DC Comics. They've done what is hard to do in comics, make a fully formed world right out of the gate in its debut. From locations to lingo to the characters, Motor Crush has a certain veneer and demeanor that blend video game graphics, the neon-noir of South Beach, with the visceral action of Death Race 2000

Tarr goes to town with the racing sequences, ever-changing perspectives, violent clashes, dynamic layouts, and one dark turn. The art is fluid and free, less concerned with precision and more focused on bringing a dreamy stream of pink and purple infused punk rock racing action. Even in the quieter moments, there is an energy to Tarr's work in color and design of the characters that is giving us something new, fresh, and exciting. As harsh as this new world known as Nova Honda can be, we still want to see more of it and explore even further. 

The only missteps might be in the ambiguity of Crush. What it is exactly, what does it do, where does it come from, and why did Domino get hooked? She's headstrong, smart and occasionally defiant but Fletcher and Stewart have created the perfect imperfect protagonist in her. Driven to win but her addiction might be her downfall. It's compelling stuff in an already death-defying sport.

'Motor Crush' delivers an action-packed debut issue that runs on adrenaline and a fierce leading lady in Domino Swift. It's the perfect example of a creative team allowed to cut loose and create a thrilling futuristic tale without the trappings of dystopian or apocalyptic tropes. It's a fresh blast of kick-ass fun and intrigue that ushers in a new year in comics with style. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

ADVANCE REVIEW: 'Secret Weapons' #1 by Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martin

In comics, the assembling of a team of heroes is not a new concept. But what if those "heroes" had been rejected for having lame powers? Valiant addresses this question in the fantastic new mini, Secret Weapons #1, starring Amanda McKee - the technopath codenamed Livewire.


★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Raúl Allén (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) have given this band of misfits a new life under the leadership of Livewire. What could have been treated as a parody is handled with great care and love as these psiots that Toyo Harada had stashed away after drawing out their powers but considered useless have found a new purpose.It's another great entry point for new readers and a rewarding one for longtime fans of Livewire and the Unity series.

Harada stashed Nicole (can speak to birds), Martin (can make inanimate objects glow), Owen (spontaneously summons a random object at any given time) and thr…

HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA by Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko and Laura Braga Coming in October

DC Entertainment and Archie Comics announce the crossover of epic proportions with HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA. Their hijinks are brought to you by the real-life team-up of Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN) and Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77), with art by Laura Braga (DC BOMBSHELLS). It all starts this October as these teams of best gal pals cross paths between Gotham and Riverdale!


“It's the sort of offer you scream out ‘YES!’ to before your eyes reach the middle of the email,” said Dini. “I've always wanted the chance to play in Riverdale, and to help Harley and Ivy invade it is a dream come true.  Marc's a great talent and a good friend. Writing this series with him has been like sitting on the lawn during summer vacation and reading a big pile of DC and Archie comics.  Except we have to stay indoors and type a lot.”
“It's going to be a blast to bring these amazing ladies together in this once-in-a-lifetime crossover,” said Braga. “Each character is different…

REVIEW: 'Magnus' #2 by Kyle Higgins, Jorge Fornes, and Chris O’Halloran

The reinvention of 'Magnus' at Dynamite by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornés has yielded one of the best detective stories in comics.


MAGNUS #2  Writer: Kyle Higgins Artist: Jorge Fornes Colors: Chris O'Halloran Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: July 19, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Ever since Frederick, an A.I. android, brutally murdered his owners (they were kind of dicks, though) robot whisperer, not "Robot Fighter" as in past iterations, psychologist Kerri Magnus has turned bounty hunter to bring the killer to justice. She's had to go down this rabbit hole of intrigue and tension as A.I. units seek their independence from their human overlords. They even have their own artificial world in the cloud that gives them some respite from their stupid slave owners. It's also the world Magnus has to navigate in order to track down Frederick but will androids obstruct her investigation as a sign of solidarity to robot-kind?
Higgins weave…

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 7/5/17

It's another great week for comics. We've culled 18 of them for this week's recommendations but it easily could have been more. Whatever you're looking for it's on stands today. Horror - Babyteeth, Sabrina, Unholy Grail. Superheroes - Batman, Green Arrow, Black Bolt, Zodiac Starforce. Sci-fi - Catalyst Prime Noble, Failsafe. Fantasy - Karma Police, Claudia & Rex. And so much more. Happy reading!


NEW COMIC BOOK DAY 7/5/17 by Slidely Slideshow MUSIC BY CALVIN HARRIS



(W) Roberto Aguirre Sacasa(A/CA) Robert Hack The horror adventures of Sabrina return! Learn the haunting back story of Sabrina's father, Edward Spellman.

(W) Chris Lewis(A) Jasen Smith(CA) Mike Spicer (A/CA) Tony Gregori On her first mission as a compassionate assassin, Jack found an enchanted dagger from her previous incarnation's bloody past. Its true power is revealed when it opens a portal to a mysterious realm known as the Grove. Seeking answers, Jack and her companions pass through the …

The 'DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection' is The Box Set of Your Dreams

If you love DC Universe animated films then Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have got something special for you. Today, they announced the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming this fall.


The entire 30-film set will be available digitally on August 15, and in a Blu-ray box set on November 7. No pricing information has been released so far but more details are promised this summer. 
Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by t…