Writing by: Brendon Fletcher and Cameron Stewart
Art by: Babs Tarr
Colors by: Tarr and Heather Danforth
Lettering by: Aditya Bidikar
There hasn't been a comic that excites me to review it every month the way Motor Crush has over the past three issues. The bright and breakneck paced series from Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr is full of such beauty and suspense that seeing it on my review schedule and reading through each issue genuinely excites me. This still stays true in issue #3 as the first arc hits its halfway point.
With Domino placing the fates of her, her family and her ex Lola on her winning the new WGP race, she's naturally a bit stressed. Stressed to the point she's depriving herself of the Crush she needs to keep going in order to prove she doesn't need it. Which is unilaterally a dumb move, but Domino's resolve and stubbornness is part of what makes her so interesting. That, and the whole mystery of what exactly she is that she needs to down a motorcycle narcotic to survive.
Still, at some point she realizes she can't do it alone and goes back to Lola, asking for her help on the bike in the upcoming race, using her dad Sully as leverage to convince her. This is actually the most we've seen Sully in the series so far and he's absolutely delightful in this issue, being both a loving dad to Dom and a beloved father figure to Lola. It's easy to see why Tarr has compared his character to Terry Crews, both in looks and personality. His warmth and concern for Dom has made him super likeable, but also weirdly intriguing as the mystery of Dom's origins deepens.
Besides Dom, we get to see more of the women in this series in this issue. Pink hued Lola is still the breathtaker who is the best mechanic in the series, but we also see Sonoya again fawning over star racer Decimus Wexler and the foreboding Queen Christine of the Cannonball. Tarr has always had a great sense of design and creating unique characters, but it especially shines here as we see the varying types of women and body types across the span of the issue. Not to take anything away from Stewart and Fletcher though. The suspense and stress of this issue is palpable as it inches ever closer to answering Domino's questions about herself. I'm not certain if there's a tighter working team in comics today than those three.
The issue ends off with a huge cliffhanger with a mysterious Racer X type knocking Queen Christine off her bike and offering a new vial of crush and answers to our hero. Once again, there's a rush and marking my calendar, waiting for issue #4 to come down the line. If you're not reading this series yet, you need to get on it. Between the action, the suspense, and the character design, Motor Crush might just be the freshest new series from Image.