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Death or Glory #1 Review: A Near-Perfect Graphic Experience

Glory is the daughter of truck drivers living in the vast expanses of the American Midwest. The man who raised her, Red, is sick and dying; he needs a new liver. Glory hopes to find a way to save him, but this may involve committing crimes and incredibly stupid actions. Worse yet, a man with a penitent for killing with liquid nitrogen is involved in the same mess Glory is about to enter.

Death or Glory #1 cover by Bengal
Death or Glory #1 cover by Bengal

I'm going to go ahead and tip my hand here: Death or Glory #1 frigging blew me away. It's a mixture of Western sensibilities, heist film stakes, and some Mad Max for good measure—or Fast and Furious if you're lame,

Glory is an off-the-grid woman with simple taste and aspirations. She's bitter, but she loves those who are loyal. She's no action movie hero—at least not yet. She isn't yet ready to start gunning down villains in droves, and it may be a while before she can.

The pacing is refreshingly swift. Things are established quickly as they story progresses. We learn who Glory is in something of an introductory dump, but that is the only part of the comic that even threatens to lag. Even then, this gives a picture of how Glory became the person she is.

Death or Glory #1 art by Bengal
Death or Glory #1 art by Bengal

Bengal's artwork is sleek, smooth, and damn gorgeous. Glory has a unique visual design which allows her to stand out. Motion and expression are depicted in pristine detail. The color work is bright and eye-catching. This is one of the prettiest comics I've seen in some time.

Death or Glory #1 is one of the most exciting and engaging introductory issues to a comic I've read in some time, rivalled only by the likes Infidel, Exiles, and Terrifics. Rick Remender and Bengal have knocked it out of the park, and I can't recommend this comic enough. Give it a read.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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