Rating: 4/5 – A thrilling ride of murder, mayhem, and revenge.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo.
Revenge (ri-venj) verb – To exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit.
In Dead Body Road, Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Shadowman) steps away from the supernatural and horror genres to bring us a story of straight up revenge. Ex-police officer Orson Gage is on a mission to seek vengeance for the murder of his wife during a bank robbery. Armed with little more than persistence, he slowly tracks down and takes the lives of those involved in the heist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about Dead Body Road.
This final issue caps off the series by wrapping up all the loose ends. We finally find out which of the bank robbers murdered Gage’s wife and where the bank account numbers in question throughout the series were hidden. Though truth be told, neither of these revelations have much impact. That’s because many of the plot points were secondary to the journey itself. And the journey is perfectly embodied by Gage’s fast-riding, pulse-pounding muscle car.
The body count is high, with lots of blood, guts, and explosions. Also, car chases. Lots of car chases. Jordan promised that artist Matteo Scalera could draw car chases to rival any you see on the big screen and he was absolutely right. I could see the car chases unfold fast and furious in my mind as I moved from panel to panel and page to page. Scalera’s work on Dead Body Road has been exceptional and strikes just the right tone for the book. He is one rising star that I cannot get enough of.
This story of revenge invariably ends like all such stories, which is to say there’s not really a cowboy riding off into the sunset. It’s a thrilling and fun ride of murder and mayhem with no real winners except us, the audience. Sometimes I want to read great dramas, and other times I want to see bullets fly and cars blow up for no other reason than they can. Thank you Dead Body Road for providing the latter.
Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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