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John Woo’s - 7 Brothers #1

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2006
By: Bruce Logan



Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Jeevan Kang, S. Sundrakannan & Jeevan Kang (colors)

Publisher: Virgin Comics


"Director’s Cut" is Virgin Comic’s line of titles (specials, minis or ongoings) created by "non-comic" creators, mostly those from the visual medium, and even in that from the movie world. Seven Brothers is the first release from this line, with John Woo its creator. With Woo, Garth Ennis (writer) and Jeevan Kang (artist), this title has some serious talent attached to it. The result, as expected, is a rather interesting, fast-paced issue.

The seven in Seven Brothers are neither "real" brothers but rather a secret clique brought together by a mysterious benefactor. Opening with a short recounting of 15th Century Chinese history, the story and setting are fast forwarded to the present, i.e. 21st Century Los Angeles, California. It is here that we meet the first brother, or rather, he meets the wrong of fists, kicks and knees of a group of prostitutes he tries to "pimp into." Not only do the women beat him, they also call their real pimp who arrives on the scene complete with a foot long ominous looking knife. Just then, Ronald Wipes (a.k.a. Double Double) is having his life flash before his eyes, he is saved by a mystery woman, and that too without her having to lift even a hand.

On the other hand, the other six, all from vastly different racial and cultural backgrounds, gather at a pre-destined meeting place, and get to each other, just in time for the woman (Rachel Kai) to arrive with Ronald in tow. She then goes on to reveal that it was she who contacted them and sent them each the directions and plane ticket, not to mention a check for fifty thousand USD. She also reveals that the extra fifty-thousand she promised them was "not in the budget." Angered as well as disappointed (at not getting the whole $100K promised to them), the six are about to leave, stopping mid-step (in some cases literally), at Rachel’s final revelation. The reason why they were "selected," the reason why Rachel contacted them is that every single one of them has some special ability, even Ronald (though in his case, it’s not known/revealed).

Even the art, sporting a painted style works quite well in setting the mood and complements the urban settings that the characters and their dialogues conjure.

Conclusion: An interesting opening, I could see myself getting this series on a regular basis, and suggesting it to anyone interested..., well..., anyone old enough to read a "Mature" rated comic.

You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at www.xcave.net



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