HIRED GUNS review – Great story that has me wanting more (Salamoff, Rivera) AAM-Markosia

Review by Richard Hill

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Thanks to Paul J Salamoff for the review copy!

I have not picked up a comic book in a few years, I stopped reading them when the stories were poorly told and rehashed from things I had already read before, however I am glad I decided to pick this one up to read. It was a nice step away from superheroes in comic books as this story takes place in the modern-day with the CIA, apart from a couple flashbacks or time jumps.

The story follows Ex-CIA agent Benjamin Stromme as he forms a team of unusual ragtag misfits with formidable skills to join him in taking down a man from his past, Victor Lennox. Honestly this was a wonderful read for the first issue, the story flowed well and every page pretty much kept me reading and wanting more.

This issue isn’t your typical writing style for a comic book as it has a nice movie feel to it, the art style is by Ana Teresa Rivera is an amazing cross between realism and painting, it really draws you into the story being told. To be fair the first issue does not have much character development, but I am the type of reader that enjoys the mystery of characters being revealed as I continue through the story. There are a couple characters that I really would love to see the back story of and I am hoping Paul really digs into it with future issues. I have a feeling the character Aries Young is going to be my favorite; he seems to be the youngest of the group so I am hoping he gets a decent story arc.

I give this comic a 9 out of 10 and fully recommend it to any reader, for a first issue it was surprising at the turn of each page. I will absolutely be reading the second issue to see where it all goes.


HIRED GUNS is now available digitally on comiXology.

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