Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Motor Crush' #4 by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr


★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)

Domino's life continues to spiral out of control but will a mysterious stranger's revelations about her past finally let her find peace? Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr continue to bring one of the most exciting comics to print with an equally complex protagonist in 'Motor Crush' #4. 

After wiping out on her bike at the end of the last issue, this chapter opens up with a fast-paced flashback in black and white. It leads to the revelations of her past as well as her connection to the "Dark Rider." Domino's character arc has been one of the most refreshing aspects of the series. Sure, it has beautifully depicted action scenes full of neon bursts of color and that's awesome too but seeing Domino go through her personal struggles and deteriorating facade, humanizes her exposing her growth. Her addiction to Crush, the secrets between her and her adopted father, and the chilly relationship with her ex-girlfriend have been the conflicts that have challenged her amid trying to compete in racing. It's a lot to tackle in four issues so far but Stewart and Fletcher have balanced it all together beautifully. The result has been a deeper and richer story and character study than we're used to. 

It's hard not to keep your eyeballs on the page with Tarr's animated character designs and kinetic layouts.  She's as adept at visually stunning chase scenes, whether on a motorcycle or a skateboard, as she is with emotionally charged scenes of confrontation as Domino seeks answers from her dad or surrenders to the sympathy of Lola. There aren't many comics this vibrant and charamastic. 

There's a certain joy in the freedom of making a creator-owned title like 'Motor Crush' for the creative team that is self-evident. The ability to create a black, gay, protagonist that isn't defined by those things and just assembles a kick ass narrative that encompasses her struggles and triumphs is something that makes indie comics so vital to the medium. And right now, Stewart, Fletcher, and Tarr are burning hot talents making it happen. 

'Motor Crush' continues to embroil Domino in a whirlwind of emotions and secrets. With eye-popping visuals washed in vibrant colors, the action scenes deserve a soundtrack all their own. This uniquely cool title keeps getting better with a character you'll actually care about. 'Motor Crush' feels like a summer popcorn flick in your hands. Catch up now.  


Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

First Look: LIVEWIRE #1 Lights Up with Vita Ayala, Raul Allen and Patricia Martin

Valiant presents your first look within the pages of LIVEWIRE #1, the stunning new ongoing series from rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl, Submerged) and fan-favorite artists Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS)!


On December 19th, Amanda “Livewire” McKee – one of Valiant’s most important players since the days of 2012’s HARBINGER – ascends to the spotlight in her first-ever solo series in the publisher’s history!
“Amanda has always been such a strong, complex, compelling character, and I personally have been waiting for a long time for her to get her own solo title!” Ayala told The Hollywood Reporter. “Amanda deserves to shine, and the folks over at Valiant are determined that her first solo book be impactful! And honestly, we need a hero like Amanda right now.”
Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blac…

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart Return for FIGHT CLUB 3

FIGHT CLUB 3 asks, “What's the first rule of fatherhood?”


Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Eisner Award-winning artist Cameron Stewart, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, colorist Dave McCaig and acclaimed cover artist David Mack will collaborate on the follow-up to the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel FIGHT CLUB 2. In the 12 part monthly comic book maxi-series FIGHT CLUB 3, Marla Singer is about to deliver her second child, but the daddy isn’t her husband—it's Tyler Durden, who’s very invested in his heir, and the world he’ll inherit.


Marla, her first son, and her husband—the unnamed narrator in the novel, who now goes by Balthazar—live in a run-down motel in a sketchy neighborhood. In the FIGHT CLUB 2 graphic novel Tyler transformed Project Mayhem into Rize or Die. Now, a new group has implemented a ruthless and deviant plan to fine-tune mankind, leading Balthazar to forge an unlikely alliance … with Tyler Durden.


“FIGHT CLUB 3 is about what happens when you need …

REVIEW: 'Death or Glory' #2 by Rick Remender and Bengal

After a raucous debut, 'Death and Glory' takes a weird turn. Like a really weird turn. Imagine David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and out came out issue two of this new series from Rick Remender and Bengal. The question is is that a good or bad thing?


DEATH OR GLORY #2  
Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Bengal Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
With a botched heist job, a bullet in her side, and all her money gone, Glory wrestles with what to do next. The cargo her ex-husband was trafficking wasn't drugs but people and after putting them all safely on a bus to Arizona, she's broke and being attended to by one of the Brazilians that stayed behind. Her scheme was pretty straight-forward - rob the money that the dirty sheriff was going to transport and use it for her dad's surgery. Easy peasy. Then it all went to hell as the sheriff recognized her, she dropped the money, and now no one is happy, not the sheri…