REVIEW: ‘Dead Eyes,’ #1

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Dead Eyes #1 is published by Image Comics. It comes from the creative team of writer Gerry Duggan, artist John McCrea, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Joe Sabino.

The first issue opens with a news report. The report is in remembrance of an infamous Boston area criminal known only by the name “Dead Eyes”. The report details an equal opportunity wave of terror that Dead Eyes inflicted on the city and it’s wealthy. However, as the report goes on, the perspective shifts to a woman in a wheelchair named Megan. It is revealed that she is the wife of Dead Eyes, now retired and living under the name Martin. Megan is suffering from a sickness, though the illness is never named.

After trying, and failing, to help Megan eat, Martin grabs his golf clubs and leaves. But the golf clubs are a trick and Martin’s inner monologue explains that he and Megan are nearly penniless. In an effort to make ends meet, Martin has taken a job at a local superstore. When a shady customer comes into the store and outs himself as a potential killer, Martin follows him home. Getting back into the crime business after retiring is no small feat and, soon enough, Martin finds himself facing more trouble than he expected.

Gerry Duggan’s script is an entertaining, if bleak, look into the life of a former criminal. Though the first issue is a little light on action, outside of flashbacks, it is still compelling. The relationship between Martin and Megan seems destined for tragedy, but the journey there appears poised to be a good one. All in all, the story for this comic doesn’t do anything new, but it still does the old stuff in an interesting way. For as infamous as Dead Eyes is in the story, seeing him on a revenge bender could be a lot of fun.

The art from John McCrea does a great job of adding additional grit to the story. The action is clear and easy to follow, and the characters are expressive and full of life. The colors from Mike Spicer are likewise great. Spicer’s colors also show a clear journey from criminal to family man and back to a criminal. The sections where Martin is at work show a more clean and sterilized world. Meanswhile, when he is tailing the criminal, the palette used mirrors that of the flashbacks to Dead Eyes’ past. This does an excellent job of creating internal consistency.

Finally, the letters from Joe Sabino maintain that high standard. In addition to providing clean and tight letters, he also reinforces the themes of the story. By showing Martin’s internal monologue in a black box with red X’s in the corners, we can see that he never “truly” stopped being Dead Eyes.

Dead Eyes #1 is a strong first issue from a great creative team. The cohesion of these four artists when working on this comic is impressive. While the story isn’t revolutionary, it is absolutely interesting and worth following to the end. If you’re a fan of crime dramas or crime-themed action movies then this will be right up your alley.

Dead Eyes #1 will be available in comic stores everywhere on October 2nd, 2019

Ratig: 4.5/5 Legendary Heists