This will likely piss off those of you who have Ed Brubaker on a pedestal, but I really, really did not like this book. Granted, I don't really know much about this series and only got this by virtue of a '5 for $1' grab bag, but it has not inspired me to track down the rest of the series. I like lots of Brubaker's work and Cameron Stewart is a talented artist and I find his overall aesthetic to be quite appealing. The thing is, there was a overarching sense of cruelty and vileness in this story. I like my 'grim and gritty' just fine thank you, but some of the sequences herein bordered on torture porn. I appreciate someone who can hold back a bit while telling a tough and disturbing story. I've seen that type of subtlety in Brubaker's work elsewhere, but it was complete absent in this one. I almost felt like re-reading Selina's Big Score to cleanse the palate.
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