My first review! Yay me! Or maybe boo me, if it sucks.
DIE HARD: YEAR ONE #1
Written by Howard Chaykin
Drawn by Stephen Thompson
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN090765
I had the privilege of reading Die Hard: Year One #1. At first I had to get my mind set out of the movies, and not expect a roller coaster of action right off the bat. Once I did, I begin to read.
The story begins on July Fourth 1976, 7:16 A.M., yes it had the time. Which I like, gives you a sense of passage of time. Next comes an introduction to all the characters who most of them are rat bastards. They were a few of them who weren't, of course the star of Die Hard, John McClane, his partner Ken Bingham (That's Officer Bingham to you!) and a girl named Rosie Haskell ( No relations to Eddie Haskell of Leave it to Beaver). Rosie is a down on her luck struggling to survive young girl. And maybe Daina Ford, who wants a divorce from her rat bastard husband. Who is a devout Catholic so he replied like a devout Catholic would, offering to go to marriage counseling, just kidding he threaten to rape and murder her. Devout Catholic indeed.
The plot/story so far isn’t much just a set up of the character and a brief look at who they are. One plot may be the murder of a wife, but it can’t be that simple. This is Die Hard so it can’t be that. In fact rereading it, it might not be a murder plot, he could be just leaving her for something bigger. But what? I have no idea.
The story ends with two people in authority killing one of the rat bastards, and poor Rosie Haskell saw the whole thing. She is in trouble now!!!! Better run.
The first issue sets everything up nice and neat for issue #2. The supposedly unrelated characters should begin to come together for a massive plot and I can’t wait to discover what it is.
The art is typical for BOOM!, which isn’t a bad thing. The art fits this style of book. It has a nitty gritty feel to it. You can tell what is happening page by page, panel by panel. My one complaint, there was a scene where a girl is flashing, you don’t get to see anything. And according to Officer Bingham she has an amazing pair.
On a side note, it is nice to see Bruce Willis with some hair.