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THE HOLY ROLLER #1 review – loaded with great action, style, and substance (Samberg, Remender, Trohman, Boschi, Dinisio) Image Comics

Writers: Andy Samberg, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi 
Colorist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editor: Harper Jaten
Designer: Erika Schnatz
Production Assistant: Gabe Dinger

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

A superstar team of writers combine to bring us a small town story about a young man who’s come back to hometown to care for his father only to find that Neo-Nazi’s have taken over not just his town but his beloved bowling alley as well. A bowling alley where his Jewish dad once became the talk of the town. Now he must find a way to save his poor father, his childhood, and rid the town of this Nazi scum before the next pin drops. 

I have to admit, seeing Andy Samberg’s name attached I automatically assumed this was going to be some kind of wild and crazy comedic story. While it has its moment for laughs there is a lot more going on. It’s more of a drama but filled with the nostalgia of the 80’s and the action style of the 90’s put together. It kind of reminds me at times of Walking Tall or the comic Southern Bastards. It’s loaded with great action, style, and substance. The story is believable and grounded out of the gate and you feel immediate attachment to the characters given the dramatic feel of it all. There’s also plenty of action and things get pretty tense as we wrap the issue. As the issue ends it seems as though our hero of the story may have bitten off more than he can chew but we can only hope in light of the forces up against him he stands victorious in the end. One thing is clear. A hero is needed! I’ll be curious to see what the writing team has in store for us moving forward. Clearly we’re just beginning to see the actions unfold that will lead to the assumed creation of “The Holy Roller” character. I personally loved this issue. The writing was top notch and the art was great as well. I look forward to reading the next issue!

My rating –  9/10 Great!!

Holy Roller #1 is now available.

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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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