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CHARIOT #1 review – Night Rider (Hill, Petraites, Lesko, Dekal, Deodato Jr.) AWA Studios

Thanks to AWA Studios for the review copy!

Synopsis courtesy of AWA Studios: The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.

CHARIOT opens with an action sequence befitting a Hollywood blockbuster – a car zips down a twisty mountain highway, pursued by gun toting baddies. After that exciting introduction, the story shifts its focus to Jim, a down on his luck ex-con with a sick kid. While both the car chase and family background are well executed, it is the back third of the book that sets this title apart, introducing an original concept that provides a ton of promise for this five part series.

The art in the series is gorgeous, and the action is cinematic with bold colors, enthusiastic movement lines, and sound effects that help you picture the scene in your mind. Like an 80s action movie, the mayhem is shown, earning CHARIOT’s mature rating. The action sequences also use different angles and perspectives to great effect. Finally, the lighting effects deserve some praise. From glowing neon to fiery explosions, CHARIOT makes great use of lighting.

The first issue of CHARIOT is basically two exciting action scenes bookending some good character development. In a few pages, Jim comes across as the kind of guy you root for, without overdoing it. The end of the issue lays the foundation for where the rest of the series is going. Fans of action movies like FAST & THE FURIOUS will enjoy this book. 

CHARIOT #1 is now available.

Check back soon for my thoughts on the second issue of the five part series. The second issue is set for release on April 14th.

Are you going to pick up the issue? Let me know on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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