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Good Comics – Back to Brooklyn

February 24, 2009

Back to Brooklyn from Image comics
“A brutal, bloody and compelling read”

Issue 1 of 5 opens with Bob Saetta, one of the key players in the Saetta Crime Family, walking into the police station and offering to give them everything. It seems to good to be true, and despite their dislike of him, the authorities jump at the chance. The story then takes an unexpected twist as Bob’s wife and children are taken hostage by his former friends and his brother. Bob is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bob asks for the weekend to recover his family and get them to safety, after which time he’ll come back and go on the record against the Saetta Crime Family. The police and FBI are not keen to let their prize just walk out the door but he won’t give them even one name without his family.

Thus begins Bob’s one man crusade against his old friends as he returns to Brooklyn to rescue his family and try to get out in one piece.

Written by Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story contains familiar Ennis hallmarks, unflinching violence and harsh language, which gives it a brutal and realistic edge that makes you feel more like an observer than a reader. Palmiotti is a New York native and he grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, so this isn’t a whimsical story from someone who’s only visited the place and thinks they know it. This is his turf and his knowledge only adds to the realism which helps make it a compelling read. The artwork by newcomer Mihailo Vukelic is detailed and realistic with a weird twist that makes it unique. Back to Brooklyn is a great new mini series and I can’t wait to read the rest.

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