Control #1 – Review

Dynamite sent us a review copy of the first issue for their new limited series, Control. I went in to the review with no expectations, as the solicitations were a long time ago, and the preview copies come from Dynamite without the solicitation info. The cover isn’t even shown until we download the review copy and open it up to read. However, once I opened it up…

Control01-Cov-A-OliverCONTROL #1 (OF 6)

Writer: Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
Art: Andrea Mutti
Cover A: Ben Oliver
Cover B: Guiseppe Camuncoli
Genre: Crime, Political Thriller
$3.99 / 32 pages /Mature
On Sale: 6/1/2016

Solicitation:Detective-Sergeant Kate Burnham isn’t making any friends in the Washington DC Police Department. That makes her the perfect scapegoat when a routine homicide investigation threatens to blow open a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the upper echelons of the DC power elite. Kate makes it go away, or they make her go away. Cop or criminal, power is all about control, applied top-down from the penthouse elite to the hustlers on the street. But what happens when the street pushes back…?

Sometimes it’s best going into a story blind. Based on the solicitation, I may not have given this book a shot. However, from the first scene, I get hooked in. The story reads very much like a screenplay, and gets a reader completely immersed, yet has a very E.C. type of feeling in how it’s paced. The political element is introduced early, but is almost forgettable until the very end. The lead character of Kate Burnham is written as very relatable, yet enough of the details about her life are left out to make her a character that the reader can step inside and see themselves in. It’s a very immersive story, and we’re just a step ahead of the protagonists, but the story is written that the antagonists are a step or two ahead of us.

The artwork is very nicely done, and expressive without skimping on the environments. The only hiccup is in two of the characters at the beginning looking so similar that I got a little confused as to whether the scene changed to something happening simultaneously or to a point either forward or backward in time. Once that’s established, though I’m back into the story, in no small part due to the art of Andrea Mutti.

This issue is paced well, both in art and story, so it ends on a great cliffhanger that escalates the story in a way that stands up there with the best non-superhero comics on the market. I’m in for at least the next issue of the series.