Dead Rabbit #1
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Cover A: John McCrea
Cover B: Dave Johnson
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Dead Rabbit: Lest We Forget
Is the Dead Rabbit dead? Double-crossed and killed? Or simply, retired?
Nobody knows for sure, but Boston’s own masked criminal and hooligan hasn’t been seen since December 19, 1997. That is, until we find him in a bathroom cursing his hemorrhoids. Oh the life of a master criminal isn’t what it used to be.
The truth is, Martin Dobbs—the masked man himself—retired after his last big score to be with the woman he loves. But what she doesn’t know is, he’s put the mask back on to save her.
Now that he’s back though, the mafia wants to retire him permanently. And I’m sure, the cops wouldn’t mind getting a crack at him too.
Doting Husband Doing What He Needs to Do
Gerry Duggan’s (ANALOG and Deadpool) script showcases a complex character in Martin Dobbs aka Dead Rabbit. Dobbs doesn’t view the world as black-and-white. You’ll find him in the midst of the grey worldview that many people share.
As Dead Rabbit, he’s big time criminal that takes on both sides of the law. And it’s not so much about the thrill of the score but what he does with it. As Martin Dobbs, he’s the doting husband of Megan, a paraplegic, who doesn’t know Dobbs has taken up the mantle of Dead Rabbit again. Nor does she know how bad their finances are because Dobbs thinks she’s got enough on her plate.
Dead Rabbit #1 is a story grounded in realism that many readers will be able to relate to. To be sure, most people can’t related to being a big-time thief but who hasn’t felt the desperation that comes with needing something so badly, you would consider doing something that would never cross your mind otherwise.
Stepping out on the Streets of Boston
The serious and realistic tone of Dead Rabbit #1 calls for art that complements and serves to push the story forward and John McCrea’s (Hitman and MYTHIC) pencil is up to the task.
Gritty, edgy, and detailed, it’s easy to see yourself on the streets of Boston in this introductory issue. The natural look of the characters further grounds the realism of the story and makes it easier to relate to the story.
The color palette of blacks, browns, and greys chosen by Mike Spicer (ANALOG)match the tone of the script and the art perfectly. I can’t stress enough how important even one off-color can ruin the look and feel of a story.
Spicer provides Dead Rabbit #1 with an organic and raw palette that pull us further into the story.
Joe Sabino (Deadpool) does a fantastic job of letters in the first issue. It’s clear who’s speaking and the speech bubbles don’t get in the way.
I really liked how Sabino framed Dobbs’ thoughts, but most importantly it’s always nice to see a comic free of typos (Surprisingly, typos happen quite frequently in comics)
Dead Rabbit #1: Final Thoughts
The pacing of the first issue was smooth and comfortable to read. At no point did it feel rushed or bogged down.
Dead Rabbit #1 is a great introductory issue that reminds us that not every villain is a bad guy.
Pick it up! From what we’ve heard, there will be no reprints.