Indie Comic Smash or Grab with Manhunt #1
Written by: Jeremy Scully
Art by: J.C. Grande
Letters by: Nikki Powers
Simply put, Manhunt is a comic that follows two FBI agents as they try to chase down an elusive hitman. Agents Fries and Jones are on the case as the hitman dubbed the “Target Killer” leaves behind a path of death and destruction. The agents seem to be always just one step behind this seemingly unstoppable hitman. Will they be able to pick up any clues that may lead to the capture of the Target Killer? Or will the death toll rise in the hunt as you join them in the first action/noir comic titled “Manhunt”?
First off, I have to say that I was excited to get my hands on an action/noir comic as I have been recently doing “fantasy world” comic reviews. It was nice to break that up with a little bit of something different from what others have asked me to review. I do have to say though, that this first issue of Manhunt was a mixed bag for me. Once the issue picked up a little bit and I was able to get my bearings, there was definitely potential for the development. Manhunt seems to be going for the “CSI”, “Criminal Minds” crowd as I feel it played out much in the same way.
The artwork for Manhunt was well constructed from the beginning. It was, perhaps, the driving force behind this title. Action sequences were very engaging and well depicted as J.C. Grande showed a very practiced hand at translating the script to a panel. I can tell that there was clear communication between creators in this area for sure. I would have liked to see even a touch of color to this title as the comic seemed to be drawn for color with no grey tones to lend to depth as is done by those titles intentionally designed for black and white. Layouts were traditional and uncluttered as I read through, however, the letters were a little small for my personal liking ( I was reading on a tablet and had to zoom in a couple times to be able to read the content a little more easily).
The comic seemed to be a bit “light in the loafers” as I tried to get into the story. Without an introductory background or any form of narrative, I struggled to catch up to what was going on. Kind of like turning on a television show after its been running for a good 15 minutes, I found myself feeling a little behind. Perhaps this was done intentionally so leave a sense that could be identifiable with the agents as they are a step behind as well, but I could also be reaching for justification. I do have to say that this may not be my first pick among the hundreds of indie comics I am exposed to on a regular basis, but with a couple little tweaks, I could definitely see this title jumping up in my library. I wouldn’t count Manhunt out among titles to keep an eye on by any means. If you would like to take a closer look yourself you can check them out on their Patreon page ( HERE ) where you can help contribute to this title and be a part of the development and success of Manhunt. I have been assured from the creator, Jeremy Scully, themselves that there is much more in store for future issues, and your dollar could mean the difference between adding that extra punch that could send this title through the roof! If you would rather connect through Facebook, you can do that too! Just hit ’em up ( HERE )