Sunday, March 20, 2011

Trigger Men: Chapters 1 & 2 - Review

An Indie Book With A Ton of Heart

Written by Mike Andersen, drawn by Heather Brinesh, and published by Triptych Books LLC, Trigger Men is a comic book series about two high school best friends turned professional killers who make a blunder when they accidentally kill the head of a major crime family. When the family starts seeking out the one responsible for the death of their former crime boss, they hire the two young men to find the assailant. The two of them travel home to look for a scapegoat to pin the job on, but end up getting more than they bargained for.

This book combines the crime noir pulp genre with the classic buddy comedy and does so extremely well. Jason and Matt are two people who interact as if they've been friends for years, and their different styles play well to their character and dialogue. The artwork is black and white with heavy emphasis on pencil-styled shading and lines. It's a nice break from the usual over-inked books of the black and white world. It also, on a subliminal level, makes the book more gray than any other color. In the world of professional killing, gray is often the outlook a person has to have when taking on work.

I picked this book up at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, WA, and got to shake hands with one of the creators. He was an incredibly nice guy and I was happy to buy his comic, which he graciously signed for me. The one thing about the comic book industry that's miles different from the film industry is that everyone has an opportunity to tell their story and meet other professionals in the field. It's a medium where people want other people to succeed, and I'm glad that I got to see that first hand.

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