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Brodie’s Law #1

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2004
By: James Redington



Publisher: Pulp Theatre Entertainment


Who’s it by?

ALAN GRANT – Writer
DALEY OSIYEMI - creator
DAVID BIRCHAM – artist and Co-Creator


What’s it about?

(Taken from www.brodieslaw.com)

Jack Brodie, expert thief and professional killer, was on a routine assignment, He was paid well to break into a high tech lab and steal a disc that contained a top-secret experiment. His contractor is the CEO and shareholder of the research company, Eugene Della Cruz. A third party gets wind of the job; everything goes horribly wrong. It was a set up. He escapes - barely alive.

It makes front-page news everywhere. Brodie suddenly becomes the most wanted man in Britain. He goes underground, seeking refuge away from the world. Even worse, for the first time he fails to see a way out. Things come apart fast...his son is kidnapped and he is framed for his ex-wife’s murder. He begins to lose his sense of self-belief. Everything Brodie ever valued is gone. Forced to live like an animal, his hideout becomes his new home, only stepping out of the shadows under the cover of darkness.

Brodie has to fight back, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to find his son, clear his name and seek his revenge... With the help of Tomokai Yoshida a genetic scientist, Brodie from the bleakest point of his life - being the countries public enemy - finds a way to turn the tables. The disc he stole is a blue print for a process called Psycho Metamorphosis or PM13, a compound that stimulates a human’s latent ability to morph from one human likeness to another, male or female. Brodie realizes the power that comes with anonymity: without a fixed identity, the law cannot track him. The compound was only a prototype and so is inherently unstable. Brodie never knows how long it will work and with each metamorphosis the process takes its toll. His victims once touched are left in a coma, helpless until their identity is returned. In essence Brodie becomes a soul reaper. The process of transformation is far from clean and Brodie partially retains the soul of each person he touches. Each journey into the body of another takes Brodie further into the darker recesses of the human mind. Brodie is no longer alone; with each passing day, the voices within grow louder.


Is it any good then?

Yes it is.

It’s pretty damn good as well, especially if you are a fan of noir films and the recent British Gangster films. In fact this would make a great film in the right hands…

Jack Brodie is a roguish character, and although he is not a nice guy I liked him. He may be hit man and a thief, but he cares about his family – well his son at least. The character is interesting and well thought out: as are the supporting characters. You get a sense that Jack may really be over his head here in his first issue.

The Dialogue is fluid and very much a London/American blend. I can understand how and why this will appeal to both countries and not seem out of place in either. I do like that this is set in London, it’s nice to have a comic that is and not afraid of its British roots: this could quite easily be set in am American city.

The art by David Bircham is top notch; it dares to be different in style and tone and succeeds. The angles he uses are very ‘Michael Bay-ish’, this it helps the comic moves along at a fast pace and gives the film feel. The colours are very unusual and noir-ish (is that a word?) and they work very well with the overall feel of the book.

If you are the in the mood for something cool and different this is definitely the comic for you, it is young and feels fresh where some ideas just seem old before they start. The only complaint I do have is maybe too much happens in this 1st issue, but to that I say just read the issue again and take it all in – that’s what I did.

Issue 2 has just come out and is also pretty good; there is a cool chase scene which I will talk about more in my review of that issue.




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