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the machine
05-12-2007, 04:30 PM
Hi guys, Just want to get the word out there about an awesome comic out from Image.

It's been getting rave reviews from what I've read. check out the reviews for yourself!

here's one from -comicpants.com

Ward of the State is one seriously messed up book. Long has come up with an original concept, that of a foster mother training her kids to be contract killers, and along with artist Chee, he puts together a darkly funny and seriously disturbing tale. There’s some really nice character work in showing the ways these kids deal with their dysfunctional situation, and Chee gives the whole thing a slight ’70s vibe that fits its throwback horror/exploitation roots. There’s also some clever storytelling moments, such as the “Christian sends his regards!” shocker and the flashback panels to the kids’ training when they’re being interviewed by a social worker. Basically, Ward of the State could easily be a lost feature from the recent Grindhouse flick, and I mean that as a compliment.

and another one from Broken Frontier

Christopher Long redefines the term "crime family" in this intensely dark and gripping new thriller from Image Comics’ Shadowline range.

Long's uncompromising story is off to an unsettling start in this first issue. It raises all sorts of questions about minors and their culpability for their actions and it will be interesting indeed to see where Long goes with this. The reader is torn throughout this opening part between feeling deep sympathy for the kids and the life they’re forced into, and total revulsion towards them for their appalling crimes. It’s a complex moral issue and the writer strikes just the right balance between pity and horror at their plight and actions.

The art by Chee is aptly moody, filled with a sense of foreboding and he provides some great character touches in his depictions of the cast. The monstrous Balitzer is given a grotesque and commanding presence throughout and he never lets us forget the age of the principal characters, underlining the tragedy of the situation. The final few pages are particularly chilling in their execution. Joël Séguin embellishes the book’s atmospheric feel with a subdued coloring job that is perfectly suited to the tone of the proceedings.

Ward of the State is a deliberately disquieting read and certainly not for the squeamish. Long effectively poses some very difficult questions to his readership. I suspect the next two issues will be just as disturbing but on the strength of #1 I’m more than willing to see where this book is heading.

And here's some pages so you can see for yourself!


And to top that off, you can check out a preview with the dialogue-here (http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=9880)