Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lowlifes #2 Review

Dirty cops, or baseball as a metaphor for everything 

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Alexis Sentenac
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 18, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Pauly P

LA beat cop Richard Grand has a problem. His wife is being targeted by a rapist/florist who won’t leave the, well enough alone. He can’t go after him in the bounds of the law, so what does he do? Plays catch in an alley with a murderous psychopath. Hey, it's LA, baby...

We start with a flashback- Richard and his wife are bickering about his long hours. When Richard heads off for a drink at the ‘Thirsty Cow’ (presumably a cop bar... and while we’re at it, wouldn’t the ‘sugary donut’ be a better name for a cop bar? I’m kidding!) and when he comes back home, we see his wife has just been raped. He tangled with the perp (I can use hip police lingo. I once marathoned 3 entire seasons of SVU in one weekend) but he got away. 

We cut to now, where Richard heads to talk to Wendell at his hideout. And by hideout, I mean empty bar. Well, Someone robbed Wendell’s poker game and Wendell is putting a serious hurt on some dude in his bar. Wendell breaks his glasses and all! Savages. Spoiler: the dude Wendell is kicking the crap out of was part of the crew who robbed him. 

Richard has second thoughts about getting involved with a guy like Wendell, but after foiling a mugging decides that Wendell is the only guy to take care his problem. They play catch in the alley, and Wendell will take care of his problem if Richard does some muscling and enforcement for him. 

Bits and pieces:

Not a lot happens in this issue. We see how Richard gets involved with Wendell in the first place, but other than that we get a lot of filler here. Still, I’m on board to see how it all goes down. This series will read much better in trade is my prediction, but still, I’m scoring on what we are actually given in this issue, which is very little. 


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