The Road Rash vibes are some of the best things that have come out of this series, but the relationships are compelling too. We review issue #3–is it good?
Motor Crush #3 (Image Comics)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
All hope of winning the World Grand Prix is lost unless Domino can convince ace mechanic Lola to rejoin Team Swift, but another Cannonball street battle puts everything in jeopardy. Featuring part three of “ISOLA: PROLOGUE” by BRENDEN FLETCHER & KARL KERSCHL!
Why does this book matter?
If you haven’t fallen in love with the characters, surely you’ve enjoyed the art. Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr have a rollicking racer drama that’s infused with violence and drugs. It’s hard to not like this.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Love that use of color.
Domino Swift’s life is getting harder by the issue it seems. Thankfully she has people who love her as the creative team continue to develop her inability to be honest with them to protect them. Like many who have drug abuse issues, she’s hiding things, but the message is clear that’s probably not the best thing for anyone. This issue introduces a mysterious new character who bookends the issue nicely and may have a secret to reveal in due time.
Before that happens though, the creative team continues to lay down the juice when it comes to motorcycle racing. This issue has both a normal race and an illegal nighttime race take place. It’s a nice juxtaposition to see how things run legally and illegally. The latter involves that Road Rash blood and bruises while the former bruised egos.
The racing also looks pretty flipping cool. The nighttime racing is particularly cool due to a streaming light effect that conveys the speed of the characters. Good use of blur is used too and the violence pops well with the colors. Daytime racing looks a little more carefully posed, but it conveys the shiny allure that Dom brings to the sport (which explains why she has so many fans).
It can’t be perfect can it?
The basic plotting when it comes to Dom’s ex-girlfriend Lola and her dad is somewhat predictable. It basically goes as you’d expect, with characters changing their minds, or going with the flow to allow the plot to get where it needs to be. It makes everything feel less dynamic, but certainly easy to judge.
Who is the mystery man?!
Is It Good?
If the future involves souped up motorcycle racing I’m all in. This series has a Blade Runner vibe with the breakneck action of Road Rash and a wrinkle of drug abuse to make it all feel pertinent.