Review Hit List #1 “All Appearance, No Substance”


There is evil around every corner. And it seems as though there is very little that can be done to stop them. The laws are not enough, the forces of justice can easily be corrupt, hardly any one is willing to stand up and fight for the innocent. Until a secret society of assassins decide to take matters into their own hands. They’re going to clean up the streets and rid the world of evil one villain at a time. And their first target are the members of the Brown House Bishops crime organization.
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There is a seemingly intriguing concept Ralph Tedesco has on his hands. It’s always interesting to see what makes a group of assassins tick and understand why it is that they do what they do. He also sets up an interesting plot where one of the assassins appears to be deviating from the path just slightly and really doing things her own way. The problem I have is that I honestly have little interest in the characters. Their personalities are not fleshed out, there’s no back-story to any them. Hell, there’s no back-story to how this group got together in the first place and why they’re doing what they’re doing at all. It just comes off as another book with little direction and depends almost entirely on its violence and sex appeal. Not the kind of book that is going to sell like it used to back in the 1990s.
hitlist01-pageAs for the artwork, Sami Kivela at least illustrates some very nice pages. There is a lot of fluidity to the characters, hardly any stiffness to them. Take a scene where one of the women is being followed by two men who take her to be an easy damsel in distress. The visualization of how she handles the situation at first and then finally when they won’t leave her alone is very well done and there’s little doubt that she can do what she is capable of doing. This being a Zenescope Entertainment book, sex appeal is plenty, if not more so than Aspen Comics. The difference, for a good while, between the two has been that at least the artists at Aspen are able to make their drawings work despite the cheesecake. Here, Kivela appears at least to try to put some enhancements to the storytelling, which is admirable.

Hit List is not going to win a whole lot of acclaim for originality or putting a new spin on any thing. This is large part of Ralph Tedesco not quite fleshing out a concept that is intriguing, thereby making it not all that interesting of a read. Sami Kivela at least tries to elevate the storytelling while coming up with some wonderful illustrations. But in the end, this is a book that is likely to be seen as forgettable and not really worth recommending at the moment.

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