The Hard Place Trade Paperback Capsule Review


Title: The Hard Place Trade Paperback Collection

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Doug Wagner

Artists: Nic Rummel

Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff

Letterer: Frank Cvetkovic

Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Review: ★★★★☆ 

Every once in while a really really good crime story will come along and surprise us. I wasn’t too sure about The Hard Place and it’s protagonist AJ Gurney. AJ is a just released from prison wheel-man(a guy who drives the get away car in a heist), who wants to go straight and take care his father. Any crime story has it’s catch and AJ gets caught up in the most stupid bank robbery ever. It’s a situation where bad becomes worse and so forth. AJ has history as the best getaway driver alive and he’s roped against will to drive for couple of idiots. I think I’ve seen the story in movie before. What makes this book so entertaining is the flashback to the moment when AJ’s life took a turn for the worse. It’s replayed through out the story and keeps us guessing to how it all will work itself out in the story. Doug Wagner gives us a good reason to care for this anti-hero. There’s another element of the story that involves someone else in AJ’s previous life. Nic Rummel’s art is really stylized with the thick dark lines. He uses scale a great deal to help out his subject matter. Everything does have that computer illustrated feel which works nicely with his overall design and style. I like that this was the first read for me with this story. I enjoyed and would read it again. If you need a solid crime/gangster story with some nice twists as well…take a ride with AJ and hope you survive.

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