Sons of Anarchy #1 (Boom!)


Rating: 3.5/5 – Setting up a story for fans of SAMCRO.

It’s always tough when adapting a TV series or movie into comics.  How much do you want/need to lean on actor likenesses in the art?  The main problem I had here was in this area, the actor likenesses are sort of on model, I can tell who they’re supposed to be, but I’d have liked it better if they were a bit more “spot on”.

The story itself was a good one.  We get a setup where something just plain “evil” is going on and a new character “Kendra” knows about it.  Griggs (the “evil” doer) obviously does not want his nefarious dealing to get out so he obviously wants to get his hands on Kendra, nothing particularly good for Kendra will come out of this, we’re sure.   The details of this will be the driving story line for the 6 issue series and will drive the action in upcoming issues, in #1 we’re just getting the stage set.

Beyond the setup for the original story we get to see what the SAMCRO (Sons of Anarcy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) crew are up to.  Jax, Tig, Chibs, Bobby, characters we know & love from the TV series are shown interacting in typical SAMCRO fashion with various other characters, but this all seems tangential to the main story being set up.  The problem I see with this issue is that it’s not particularly accessible for people not familiar with the show.  That’s potentially not a problem, the comic is not really something designed to reach out to and nurture new fans, it’s there to provide more SAMCRO story for existing fans of the series, and in that I think it does a good job.

Next issue will likely get us into some more action as SAMCRO and Griggs move into (or closer to) opposition with one another.  This is a good series for people who really dig the Sons of Anarchy series.  If you’ve never watched it, don’t dip your toe into the franchise with this comic, go watch the series starting with Season One on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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