Second Chances, Vol. 1 by Ricky Mammone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Out: March 22, 2022
This is essentially a hard-boiled PI story, except, instead of being a private investigator, the protagonist runs what is basically a commercial witness protection program for individuals who are trying to escape from someone (but aren’t witnesses and – thus – can’t get the government to provide a new life on the taxpayer dime.) The story follows the fallout of a case gone wrong, in which the lead, Leblanc, finds himself being pursued by a sexy hit squad and must protect his clients at all cost.
It’s not the most innovative of stories and relies on action a great deal. The action being all the more important because our hard-boiled lead experiences little to no growth throughout the story. That said, it’s no worse than a great deal action stories, and better than some. It has a coherent storyline, lots of action, and characters that are interesting – if in a clichéd sort of way.
The illustration is monochrome but detailed, presumably the black-and-white format is meant to contribute to the noir / pulp feel.
If you like action stories, this is a fine one – but not necessarily one that differentiates itself from the pack.
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