Review: Filthy Rich

Despite being the second book in the Vertigo Crime line, I’m going to call Filthy Rich the true premier book for this imprint (for reasons detailed in my review of Dark Entries).  Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) is undeniably one of the best crime comics writers active today, so getting him to write the launch title was a natural fit.  But the book itself is a bit of a disapointment.

The story is well written and beautifully complimented by Victor Santos’ European inflected art.  The problem is that this is perhaps the most derivative piece of noir fiction I have ever read.  The protagonist is a former college football star, involved in a gambling scandal, who becomes a car salesman, and then a bodyguard to a femme fatale with an overly  controlling father.   There’s really only one place for the story to go with that kind of a setup, and it doesn’t disappoint.

This isn’t a bad book, and it may be great to give to the sort reader who may actually fall for the “graphic mystery” line on the cover and not think of this as a comic.  But for anyone else, I’d say just pick up a copy of 100 Bullets to see what Azz can really do.

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