Issue: The Killing Jar: Dirty White Boys TPB
Writer/Creator/Inks/Letters/35mm Photos: Justin Zimmerman
Pencils: Russell Brown
Additional Design: Shannon Zimmerman
Intertitle Inks & Tones: Tom Jacobs
Colors: Harold Mackinnon
Publisher: Bricker-Down Productions
Release Date: April 2010
” If Sam Peckinpah directed Night of the Living Dead, if a particularly bloody Old Testament story was ghost written by Kathryn Bigelow and John Carpenter, if God’s favorite film was The Outlaw Josey Wales…there’d be something in the comic world like THE KILLING JAR. But there’s not.
A small Colorado town. Three drug runners with a van filled with product. Two police officers investigating suspicious activity. A heroic young woman with a violent past, a mentally handicapped little brother and her dead father’s .38 police special. And a throng of ravenous townspeople out of their minds with drug lust. Mix and…BANG!“
Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
Seeing as how I loved the look of issues #1 and #2, I couldn’t imagine that this collected version would be anything less than great. And I was right. Brown really has a cool style that I just love to see page after page. I like the loose inking feeling that this book has as well. It’s almost like the pencil work is still there, adding depth to each panel. Good consistent character work on every page just sums up that – as a whole – this is a great looking collection. Plus the final page and the preview at the end makes me excited to think about what will be coming next!
Story: 3.5 out of 5
Reading these first 3 issues all together was a real treat. I got to relive the action from issues 1 and 2 and then see what was new in the third. As a set they all flow together nicely. The story is high on intense action and drama that will keep your eyes glued to the page from start to finish. So what’s with the lower score on this one? I don’t know how well I buy the protagonist just accepting help from one of the bad guys. It’s not that I can’t see it happening, it’s more that I don’t necessarily think it would.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
From issues 1 to 3, and I recommend buying issue #3 for some artwork from yours truly, this has been a great action packed series. To have them all collected into a trade that is available for a great price makes it even better. The artwork is on point and the story will have you wanting more and more. This is well worth checking out because Zimmerman and Brown are killing it page after page.