The Body Counts Starts in Hit List #1

Hit List #1

Format: Single Issue Comic
Published by: Zenescope Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure
Written by: Ralph Tedesco
Illustrated by: Sami Kivela (pencils), Bryan Valenza (colorist)
Availability: Out Now

Synopsis: Are we ever truly safe from evil? What if you had the means to play God, choosing who lives and dies? Threats exist all around us and the lives of so many have been ruined by others evil deeds. Now one man will seek vengeance for all those who share in his pain. When a group of professional killers is brought together in order to take out a crew of gangsters, what starts as a seemingly good plan spirals into something more threatening and deadly than anyone saw coming. 

Hit List #1 Variant Cover

Hit List #1 Variant Cover

Before I go anywhere in this review, I have to really focus on the art for Hit List #1. Zenescope has an incredible stable of artists. Their books feature some of the best work out there, whether it be from mainstream books or other independents out there. That being said: wow, looking at the art for Hit List #1 by penciler Sami Kivela and colorist Bryan Valenza really does a great job of impressing me. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I am used to Zenescope books looking good, but this issue has some really good looking art in it. Just looking at the first two pages where a couple of hits take place, seeing the bullets penetrate and exit the bodies of their intended victims looks really detailed and painful – especially the headshot on the hot “Russian” chick. Joking aside, this is some really fine looking art and way beyond what I was expecting.

Now, onto my review, if you can’t guess by the name of this series what it is about; hell son, there is no hope for you at all. If you don’t realize that a book entitled Hit List is about people going around and assassinating other people you need to double check your knowledge of the English language. The name of the series fully details to you what is going to transpire in the story. Of course that doesn’t mean there are going to be a few twist and turns in the story. I mean, just looking at the mess that Rian did in the opening sequence screams that something is going to go wrong – and soon. Then you have all these other players, whose involvement is still not fully revealed yet, and they also have their own concerns and doubts, and you know that this team of killers will face some mighty obstacles very soon.

Always make sure the target is dead.

Always make sure the target is dead.

It makes for some future drama to affect the team later on in the series, and it also was enough to draw me in to see how the initial story is going to end. It seems like a fun bit of crime drama, and I am all for that kind of story. It’s kind of funny seeing this come from the mind of Ralph Tedesco. I didn’t mean to typecast him, if you will, strictly into a horror or fantasy writer, but seeing as how he is one of the masterminds behind all of Zenescope, I just didn’t expect this from him. It is a solid story, though I do want to see it expanded upon in issue #2, and has potential to be another great series from Zenescope… even if it doesn’t involve monsters, magic or other fabled beings. It goes to show just how varied the Zenescope stable of creators and titles really are. B

Richard Cardenas

Created in a lab in Tijuana, Mexico, or cloned in a test tube in Torrance, CA, depending on which story you think is a better origin story, Richard is, if such a thing exist, a second generation nerd. The son of a man who loved sci-fi, comic books and horror, and a woman who loved making costumes, reading sci-fi novels and watching cartoons, Richard was exposed to all this and more since a very young age.

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