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DRY FOOT – Vol 1 review – Raiders of the Lost Night Club (Lujan, Calcedo, Sahadewa, Birch) Mad Cave Studios

Thanks to Mad Cave Studios for the review copy!

I had the pleasure of reviewing the first issue of DRY FOOT (review here), but then I lost track of the series. Luckily, the upcoming release of the graphic novel (which collects the first 4 issues of the series) provided an opportunity to review the rest of the story. 

Set in Miami Vice era Miami, DRY FOOT is dripping with 80s nostalgia. Everything from the neon coloring to the hairstyles and movie references are spot on. While there is a certain joy in reminiscing about having to communicate by walkie talkie, DRY FOOT is much more than a trip down memory lane. The series does an excellent job developing its main characters – four teenaged friends trying to escape the dangerous streets of Miami. Each is given a distinctive personality and backstory, which drives their motivation and explains their decisions. The dialogue is so authentic, you can really tell how strong the characters’ friendship is. This is also essential to the story.

The story. What I thought was going to be a straight-forward heist crime-caper quickly swerved in a different direction. DRY FOOT throws some real curveballs at you, and while you may see some of them coming, they feel satisfying because each surprise is earned. I found myself flipping back to earlier pages to confirm that clues were there. In part due to the strength of the dialogue, DRY FOOT hits the right mix of humor, suspense, tragedy, and hope.

DRY FOOT features a vibrant 80s inspired Art Deco style. Even scenes at night have a bright color pop to them. The art also nails movement, from the swing of a baseball bat, to the flip of a ring, to the accidental ripping of a garbage bag, you get a real sense of what is happening. As the story progresses, the characters’ facial expressions effectively convey emotion.

The series has plenty of cursing, some violence, and references to drug use. For that reason, I recommend parental discretion. While I think the story and characters can be enjoyed by anyone, those familiar with the 1980s in general and MIAMI VICE in particular will appreciate this story. The nice thing about grabbing the graphic novel/collected edition is you get the entire story in one volume.

DRY FOOT – Vol 1 will be released on February 24, 2021.

Are you going to pick up the collected series? Feel free to chat with me 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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