Review: ‘Murder Inc. Jagger Rose’ #1 Sets Its Sights On Bigger Targets

Welcome to the table,

I have always been a fan of worldbuilding that leans into a “live by the sword, die by the sword” mentality. John Wick, Zatoichi, and The Boys scratch an itch, where things are basically the same as our current reality with some additional organizations at work that restructure the landscape of how society works.

Dark Horse Comics’ Murder Inc. Jagger Rose#1 falls in line with that kind of setting, in the best possible way.

The world of Murder Inc comes to us from the creators of the Eisner Award-winning POWERS, another personal favorite of mine. The story is set in a world where the five families of organized crime never lost their power to the government and carved half of the U.S. into a fictional mobster’s fantasy land.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemin, with colors by the always talented Taki Soma and lettering by Carlos Mangual, Murder Inc. Jagger Rose follows the newly “made” Valentine Gallo and Jagger Rose as they work their way up the ladder of the Bonavese family.

The book kicks off with a bang in mid-flight as an attempted takeover of a fully loaded passenger plane sparks due to civil unrest with the state of things in the world below.

The book does not relent, even in the quiet “talking head” panels. The color and linework are so energetic that you always feel like you are slightly rushed in the best possible way. There are some amazing page layout choices made in this first issue that are a testament to why this team is deserving of all the awards they have accumulated.

If you are a fan of action-packed stories and edge-of-your-seat adventures wrapped up in a fun and frantic crime capper, Murder Inc. Jagger Rose is going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

There is a tie to the Vatican and the Pope… yeah, like the one with the big hat in Rome, that I can’t wait to see play out, so stay tuned for a review of issue #2 when it hits my desk.

Until next time, you should be able to score an issue #1 of Murder Inc. Jagger Rose wherever fine comics are sold, or hop over to the Dark Horse website and grab a digital issue today!





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