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Review: United States vs. Murder Inc. #2


By Philip Schweier
October 9, 2018 - 11:14

Last issue ended with Jagger in a fight to the death to see if she is organized crime family assassin material. A woman barely out of her teens pitted against a massive brawler – an only one will walk away. Of course, it’s Jagger Rose, otherwise this series would be over in a matter of pages. Her commitment to the family is complete.

But that commitment falters when her latest target turns out to be someone close to her. It’s the first indication of distrust between her and her employers. No doubt this will lead to a major rift, with Jagger Rose caught between the forces of the law and her Mafioso masters.

A crime series in comic books is a hard sell these days, even if it is written by someone of Bendis’ calber. So it’s a refreshing idea when racks are full of mutants, long-lived characters, and the latest movie franchise tie-in. Comic book publishers should continue to be open to a variety of genres.

My appreciation for this series is based entirely on the script alone. I must admit I don’t particularly care for Oeming’s artwork. I’m hard pressed to suggest a story or title for which I think it’s appropriate. I can’t help but imagine how the series would look in the hands of a different artist.

Rating: 6/10

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