‘Super Crooks’ took me by surprise. I don’t claim to have my fingers on the “pulse” of the comic book community or anything but this came out of nowhere for me. After the success of ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Nemesis’, which were both good reads as well, I decided to get the book. More importantly, I decided I would get every book under the ‘ICON’ label. But we will get into that later.
I opened the book and immediately liked what I saw. The art style of Leinil Yu leaves nothing to be desired. The way he captures the mood of the scene is amazing. The intensity of the characters is down-right awesome. When he draws something, you can tell the emotion of the character and it comes off well.
Halfway through the book I realized I had never read a book from this perspective before. I did read Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s ‘The Boys’, which is the only thing I can even begin to compare it to. Except that this book is from the villains’ point of view. It’s a new sensation, when reading, that the hero is a sort of background character. So far, the hero has just been there to introduce the villains’ problem. And that is where the bi-line comes in. “There are too many Superheroes in America. Let’s go somewhere else…”
I think this is the book I have been waiting for all my life. It has action, camaraderie, violence and something new. That’s the most important thing. In a world where we not only recycle plastics and metals, but TV shows, movies and comics’ as well, this is something that we’ve needed; an original idea with original characters.
As for the writing, I have yet to complain. When they curse, it is called for. When someone shows emotion, you can tell. Overall, this book is going to be one of those that I will continue to get for a long time. As long as Millar and Yu are the creative team behind it, I can only see this book getting better. Another realization from this book came when it was over. ICON has so many more books coming out with great writers and artists. I got excited when I saw the names Frank Quitely, John Romita, Jr., Leinil Yu, Dave Gibbon, Steve McNiven and Mark Millar. If you are going to start a new comic label, this is an all-star pick.
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