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Violent Love #1

Story by Frank J. Barbiere
Artwork by Victor Santos
Cover by Victor Santos
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: November 9, 2016

Image Comics does it again with the release of Violent Love #1. This series tells the gripping tale of young love between two bank robbers, Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley.

The premier issue focuses on Daisy and expands on the circumstances that lead her to a life of crime. The story expands on the moments in her life that have the most impact and we slowly start to understand how she becomes one half of a notorious partnership.


The Writing

Violent Love begins quietly, with an old man reminiscing about two criminal lovers, who in a roundabout way, saved his life. Barbiere tells the story with a cinematicflair. He wastes no time in telling us how the story of Daisy and Rock ends, but that is not the purpose here. We know how this type of story always ends. “Not all stories have happy endings,” as the old man says, it is how they get there that will keep you coming back for more.

I figured that Rock would make more of an appearance in the premier issue, but as you read the story, you get the feeling that there is so much to tell. It seems only fitting to devote a single issue to a character’s origin.

The Artwork

Santos’ artwork is amazing. It pulls you in and refuses to let go. As the writing gives off a cinematic flair, so does the artwork. You could remove every indication of the script and the story would be just as strong and clear. When you know someone, truly know someone, you can tell how they feel by the look in their eyes. Eyes tell the truth; they never lie. When Daisy’s life changes for better or for worse, you always see it in her eyes.

In Violent Love, Santos makes excellent use of single and two-page splashes to great effect, not only foretelling the women Daisy becomes but the extent of the violence that Daisy will inflict as well as the violence that is inflicted upon her, both physically and emotionally.

Final Thoughts: Violent Love #1

The layout of the panels is easy to follow and the pacing is perfect. The flashbacks help move Daisy’s backstory forward. It reminds us for some people, destiny is chosen for them, not the other way around.

Thankfully, this was a double-issue; we got an excellent bonus right from the beginning. Violent Love #1 grabs you and shows no signs of letting go. It will leave you pining for more. Consequently, It is surprising to absolutely nobody that this book sold out.

Violent Love #1, 2nd printing and Violent Love #2 will be released on December 7, 2016.

*Unless otherwise noted, all comics I (Bradley) review are provided by Freakshow Comics in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada* 

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