Death Or Glory | Image Comics
It was a pretty good story. Feb 25, Aaron rated it liked it Shelves: comics-western.
Glory Owen isn't one for trouble. Not often. But when she is, she certainly goes after it whole hog. Life sucks. No doubting that. And so, when the people one cares about seem ready to hit the end of the road, it takes all of Glory's luck and fortitude to push back. Taking life as it comes and succumbing to the compulsions of a culture of consumption is the easy way out.
Fighting back? Going one's own way? Trying to steal another dime, another kiss, another day, from the world that would rather Glory Owen isn't one for trouble. Trying to steal another dime, another kiss, another day, from the world that would rather see you dead? That's gonna take some effort. That, plus an old pistol, a supped-up '77 Chevelle SS, and a ton of grit. When her father grows fatefully ill, and thus in need of a liver transplant, it would appear Glory's only hope for saving old Red is through less legal means. It's either that or go crawling back to her husband -- a true crap-stain of a human, named Toby.
Glory's plot to steal cash for Red's operation goes sideways once, twice, three times. Southern Arizona, apparently, is jam packed with despotic fools. It'd be a shame if she fell into one of their traps before saving her old man's life. Remender takes another good crack at profiling desperate characters in desperate situations. And although Glory certainly fits the bill, what proves most interesting here is how Glory seems so sure of herself.
The woman's rockabilly, off-the-grid vibe and mechanic's sensibility is refreshing considering many of the writer's characters are either too smart or too stupid to get a handle on things. Glory, by contrast, knows what needs to be done. It's everyone else who screws things up.
Death And Glory
Glory's husband? He foots drugs and worse left and right. The local sheriff? Corrupt to the bone. The area butcher? An actual butcher. There are a lot of fun characters in this book, and they're all guilty, simultaneously, of being highly entertaining and demonstrably horrible. Meanwhile, Bengal's art has grown playful and dynamic. His work with western publishers has adapted quite well to the greater diversity of emotions and emotional transition, and the corresponding rhythms across interconnecting scenes.
It helps that Remender doesn't overload readers with dialogue, but Bengal remains an expert at adjudicating which characters deserve what, when it comes to negotiating the space available on the page. Feb 28, Dakota Morgan rated it liked it. Death or Glory is Rick Remender near the peak of his crazy powers - it's intensely fast-paced and never uninteresting, but it's also so nutso-bonkers and over the top that your suspension of disbelief might become overwhelmed.
At its core, it's the simple story of an impoverished girl, Glory, turning to crime to get enough money to buy her father a liver. Simple, right?
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Not so simple in Remender's hands - Glory was raised off the grid in a trucker convoy community and she just happens to steal f Death or Glory is Rick Remender near the peak of his crazy powers - it's intensely fast-paced and never uninteresting, but it's also so nutso-bonkers and over the top that your suspension of disbelief might become overwhelmed. Not so simple in Remender's hands - Glory was raised off the grid in a trucker convoy community and she just happens to steal from the local organ black marketeer.
Coincidence that her dad needs an organ and Glory unwittingly steals from the biggest organ thief in the Southwest? Uhhh yeah kinda. That's the kind of disbelief you gotta be able to suspend to hang on in Death or Glory. The organ dude is a nonchalant mass murderer who employs several unique henchpeople and Glory's ex not only works for him, but is also a super-rich criminal in his own right. And there are some Mexican lucha libre guys wandering through the story too? Death or Glory moves fast, so you don't necessarily have to worry about any of this.
But at some point it definitely becomes too much.
The simple story gets washed away in Remender's waves of craziness. Fortunately , it's all illustrated by the superb Bengal, a French artist who I definitely need to spend more time reading. His artwork is simply stunning. Remender's craziness puts Bengal through his paces and, well, the reader kinda wins in that respect. Oct 13, Theediscerning rated it really liked it.
A decent crime drama here, as Rick Remender gives us a strong female with a cause — and a lot more morals than some of her ilk. Our heroine thinks she can just get away with a heist or two to pay for her father's life-saving operation, and seeing as her ex is total scum it's fairly easy to just tag along and know where the bad bucks ripe for being snatched are. The problem — for her and the book — is that it actually leads to something much darker, and implausible.
The very first issue has someo A decent crime drama here, as Rick Remender gives us a strong female with a cause — and a lot more morals than some of her ilk. The very first issue has someone using liquid nitrogen from a squirt-gun as a weapon, but that's not the only fantasy-based element to hinder the story.
On the whole, though, it's a fine ride — a lot of character, as conveyed by one particularly wordy issue, and also a lot of action, with cars doing what would take days for a cinema stunt team to rig up. Finally, while there is more to come from this series, it actually works as a stand-alone, and that's so damnably rare it just has to be pointed out. So you don't have to come back for more — although I suspect with this quality you will.
Jan 20, Daniel rated it it was ok Shelves: comics-graphic-novels. I understand what he was going for: a solid action romp in the style of 70s grindhouse exploitation flicks while romanticizing the off-the-grid trucker pathos of the same era. A solid basis for a potentially great story, but unfortunately neither the main character nor the conflict is particularly captivating. I feel there is a certain discrepancy between the tone Remender is going for and Bengal's style on the charac 2.
I feel there is a certain discrepancy between the tone Remender is going for and Bengal's style on the character art, which is too cartoony for such a gritty story. Not bad, but nothing special either, the only reason I keep following the series is because the premise for the second story arc seem much more interesting than the first one we'll supposedly see the inner workings of the utopian truck convoy society.
Feb 13, Sesana rated it it was ok Shelves: comics. Just didn't resonate with me. The art is great, but I think the biggest issue I had with this book is that there's no time devoted to getting to know Glory or her father before she goes off on her grand quest to save him.
She literally doesn't interact with him once in the present day in this entire volume. So it's a gritty story that's meant to have an emotional hook, but doesn't ever bother to actually make that emotional hook truly emotional. Nov 19, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: comix. This is the female mechanic open road heist story with subtle commentary on the broken American health care system that you've always wanted. Glory is engaging as a reluctant outlaw and the wild cast of supporting characters some of whom have some novel BDSM practices supports the romping action.
Mar 05, Marek Michalak rated it liked it. The art is really nice and the pace is really fast. The story is ok,but seems like a rehash of a lot of used and old ideas. In my opinion, not one of Remender's best stories, but still really enjoyable. Apr 22, David Pain rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this. The story is unwrapped skillfully, the art is good.
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