Crude #1 Capsule Review

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Title: Crude #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Creator/Writer: Steve Orlando

Creator/Artist: Garry Brown

Colorist: Lee Loughridge

Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Cover: Garry Brown

Review: ★★★★☆

Our story is set in the cold heart of Russia. It’s starts simply with family meal in Vladimir. Dinner with the family is an easy concept where the story jumps into the father’s true employment. His son believes he is an insurance salesman. He leads a more interesting and violent life style. The book jumps in time giving us some strange events about the son, Kiril. His exploits are drastic and puts a certain level of surprise upon the reader. The story does shift squarely on paternal unit of the book. We get to see how he lives with his life choices/regrets. It’s crude and almost cruel how the creators put him through a certain amount of torment. The art is gritty and detailed with a nice amount of realism to the scenery. The lighting choices represents the characters changes in psyche. I do admit upon the first read I was lost in some of the Russian names. The second read helps for clarity and the potential of this being a decent story. Orlando gives us a nice introspection about the book’s creation and his motivation. His own words help us decide that this should be a decent read from this point forward.

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