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Review: Super-Crooks #1

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Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby LOLtron » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:44 pm

A review of Mark Millar's latest work.



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Credits & Solicit Info:


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



Review:


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


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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Dragavon » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:05 pm

Ocean's Twelve is slightly closer since Millar borrows the plot from that.
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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:26 pm

Give Avatar back their trailer full of swag, Supercrooks! :smt076

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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby BlueStreak » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:26 pm

Fat Ollie Weeks wrote:Give Avatar back their trailer full of swag, Supercrooks! :smt076


This is what Bleeding Cool gets when it messes with Joe Quesada!
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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:28 pm

BlueStreak wrote:
This is what Bleeding Cool gets when it messes with Joe Quesada!


Indeed!

Wouldn't all that stuff have been insured BTW?

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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby BlueStreak » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:29 pm

Fat Ollie Weeks wrote:
Indeed!

Wouldn't all that stuff have been insured BTW?


I figure the trailer would be at least. However, I wonder if whatever insurance Avatar has doesn't cover international theft due to leaving a trailer unattended.
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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:31 pm

Speaking of Supercrooks, pity me! I have to go wait in a line full of book dealers to get into a preview sale, last time I barely restrained myself from kicking this old lizard in his spine for jumping line.

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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:32 pm

BlueStreak wrote:
I figure the trailer would be at least. However, I wonder if whatever insurance Avatar has doesn't cover international theft due to leaving a trailer unattended.


You're probably right.

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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby Punchy » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:48 pm

As one Millarworld story ends, another begins, and Supercrooks looks like being another hit. Once again Millar stumbles onto a high-concept that is shockingly simple when you think of it, that’s his real gift, coming up with ideas that you can’t believe nobody’s done before, and the idea of a bunch of super-villains leaving the US to head to an unprotected Europe is one of those. But thankfully Millar doesn’t just leave it at that and there’s a bit more depth to it, with the nominal crooks seeming not to be such bad people and the heroes of this world seeming almost as bad. ‘The Gladiator’ at the start is a bit of a jerk, and Millar also introduces a corrupt superhero in Praetorian. It’s cool how Millar is essentially writing a heist story, but everyone has super-powers and it’s treated as normal. Leinil Yu’s art is of course fantastic, he just works so well with Millar, and whilst this series doesn’t have the heart that Superior did, it’s still very good. It’s also interesting that movie director Nacho Vigalondo is credited as a co-plotter, I wonder how far along the movie is? I know Millar gets a lot of stick for all of his stuff getting adapted to the silver screen, but I actually think it’s pretty cool that we can be at the ground floor for next year’s blockbusters and having the movie be in development at the same time of the comic makes me feel closer to it in some way. Like I’m a part of it, an insider. I dunno, that sounds crazy.

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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby avengingtitan » Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:33 pm

This was pretty damn good. I really liked it. Cant wait for the next issue.

I'm a big fan of heist films so this is right up my alley.
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Re: Review: Super-Crooks #1

Postby madformovies » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:42 am

Nacho Vigalondo was at Kapow! and talks a bit about the movie for Supercrooks in this video interview


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