Comic Review:The Enforcers #1


The first thing to say is I’m not familiar with this company or this property. The byline ‘Featuring Maddox Turner’ might mean the starring character is an established property but I don’t know.

However that doesn’t really matter. This inital issue manages a decent vairation between action set pieces (some in flashback) and exposition.  When there is exposition is fits into the story quite well, in a variety of locations and ‘camera angles’ to keep it fresh – so it doesn’t fall into the trap of panel after panel of  ‘talking heads.’  The story telling in the artwork is crisp and easy to follow. There are explanatory text panels but they are kept to bare essentials and remainded me of a paired down 1970s comic.  

Bearing in mind I cannot draw for toffee apples the artwork does a very good job of telling the story. It has a high impact style – it again felt very old school Marvel to my limited understanding. If your expecting photo-realisim or Joe Colquhoun levels of detail you’ll be disappointed.  On the other hand you can tell who everyone is and aren’t being confused by likenesses to celebrities. The Cover gives a good idea – it reminds me of a lot of the British boys own titles of yesteryear.

Now to the story – without delving too much into the plot we have a military operation assisting in the war aganist drugs on US soil. So far so constiutionally awkward, but as a fan of the old ITV show ‘The Professionals’ I can be a sucker for military methods/civillian problems stories. There’s a heavy dash of Captain America but what most impressed me alongside the hints of Miami Vice dastardly villans and   femme fatales was the backstroy given to Maddow Turner and his prime rival. Theres a previous professional relationship and perhaps non-professional rivalry which sets up the potential for their future confrontations to have a very western theme (or as me dad would say ‘it’s likha Cowie son.’) This together with a rational and emotionally engaging ‘origin’ story for Maddow Turner himself all works well.

Picks? Well the dailogue does not sparkle on the page but this is an exposition heavy first episode which however well handled does remove the space for sparkling banter. It’s not a hard edged ultra-realistic gritty Wiresque view of the drug war but it’s not trying to be. A 1980s action movie approach to the problem for the benefit of some exciting firefights and emotional rivalry can be pretty entertaining too. 

This is a 27 page comic from Three J Productions. The First of a five issue miniseries. It’s written by Carl Herring, art by Tod Smith & colouring and lettering by Ed Traquino. $3.99 for 27 colour pages.

So the all important question – would I by it – well I don’t as a rule ‘do’ floppies – but I would very keen to follow this digitally, if possible and if it lived up to it’s early promise I would pick it up in trade. A bit like some of the Cinebook tounge in cheek action titles I get which it would sit next to on the shelf rather nicely. In fact if you like Suzie S or Largo Winch I think chances are you’d like this – and that’s pretty high praise.

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