MOTOR CRUSH #1
Written by: Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart
Art by: Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart
Published by: Image Comics
I wasn’t planning on reading Motor Crush #1 from Image Comics, because I just didn’t have the money for it when it was released in early December. But thanks to some gift cards I got for Christmas, I decided this was as good a time as ny to give it a try.
Motor Crush reunites the creative team from Batgirl, Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, and Cameron Stewart. And they don’t waste any time taking us deep into the high-octane world of our lead character, Domino Swift. In issue #1 we learn that Domino is an up and coming racer in both the pro circuit and in the gritty world of illegal motorcycle racing. But there’s more to it than that, see, Domino races not just for glory and money that comes with the pro and illegal races, but also to feed her addiction to a dangerous drug known as Crush.
For the first issue, it’s the racing sequences and the general world building that steal the show. Within the first two pages we get a sense of what kind fo racer Domino is, and we haven’t even met her yet. By the time the issue is over, we know her world is a dangerous one, and not because of the racing. Writers Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart sure packed in a lot of story for a first issue.
In the art department, I thought Babs Tarr’s style was a little different from before. In Motor Crush #1 the art feels raw and a grittier, but it always has sense of speed. There’s a great energy and flow to her action scenes, with the races having a clear sense of motion. The little things were also good, Domino’s room, the motorcycles, the costume design of each racer, to name a couple.
This first issue doesn’t give too much information on the supporting cast, but I was okay with that because Domino needed to be the focus of the debut issue, and she’s more than capable of carrying an entire issue.
Not surprisingly, Image Comics has another promising new creator-owned series on their hands. Motor Crush is a mix between the X Games and the Fast & The Furious, with just as many thrills and the dangers involved. Add in a solid creative team that proved with Batgirl that they can deliver an excellent comic, and you got a winner of a new comic series.
Motor Crush #1 score: A-