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Story by Mark Millar & Nacho Vigalondo
Art by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Leinil Yu & Dave Gibbons
Say what you want about Mark Millar, he sure knows how to write a fun first chapter. Super Crooks is everything that that you've come to expect out of a Mark Millar comic. Loud, sexy and violent, Super Crooks is the latest Millarworld movie pitch in comic book form.
Those who have described Super Crooks as a super-powered version of Ocean's Eleven would be absolutely correct. Johnny Bolt is a young Danny Ocean with electric powers, who has traded Julia Roberts for a blonde with huge boobs and has an ingenious scheme that simply can't go wrong. After going to jail for committing a robbery on his wedding day, Johnny Bolt leaves prison to discover that his mentor has wronged a group of casino-running supervillains who demand one hundred million dollars in retribution for a botched job. Bolt quickly devises a scheme which will surely be fleshed out in the next issue.
There's not much else to say about Super Crooks #1. If you're a fan of Mark Millar's flashy writing that's big on charm and style but lacking in substance, you'll love this book. If you think that Mark Millar is the Michael Bay of the comic book industry, then you'll probably hate it. The main flaw of the issue was Millar's decision to forgo characterization in order to move the plot more quickly. While it's clear that Millar probably has a lot of plot to get through, none of the characters are fleshed out beyond the typical "honorable thieves" archetypes. There's nothing to separate Johnny Bolt from Danny Ocean besides a lack of grey hair and possession of superpowers. The high point of the comic, like all Millarworld books, is the art. Leinil Yu's art is absolutely phenomenal and allows the book to be at least deserving of a flip through.
All in all, by the time the miniseries is over, Super Crooks will probably be worth a read before you see it in theatres. The art's gorgeous, the plot is fun and light on gore (at least so far) and a good heist story is always worth a read.
Review by: Christian Hoffer