Dead Body Road #4 By Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera
Did you blink? If you did then you missed this issue of Dead Body Road. I suggest grabbing a trade of this 6 issue mini when it finishes because I can guarantee you will have a lot of fun with this one. Matteo Scalera blows me away every month with how exciting he can make a panel. My heart starts racing, my lungs start tightening. Every breath is a struggle as I fight to get oxygen into my blood. I constantly tell myself everything is going to be okay, no harm will come to me because I am sitting on my bed reading. I do not believe anyone has ever died from reading a comic. Although death by comic does sound like a good way to go. Now the real question at hand, if I died reading a comic which one of you writers is going to review the comic and write about my death? Sorry about that tangent, back to business.
Welcome to the car chase issue. The dreaded car chase issue. You don’t see many car chase issues these days. Why is that? I’ll tell you why, it is because the key to a car chase is fast paced, close call, edge of your seat action. Okay easy, we just have to figure out how to draw fast paced close calls. Perhaps not as easy as I thought. The car chase issue is not a popular one and it is simply because it usually does not work out. If you attempt a car chase issue and it fails, it is really going to fail. Especially in this type of book which has been fast paced since the first issue. Getting into issue 4 of a 6 part series and dropping the ball on a car chase issue is basically saying bye bye to a section of readers. So how does Scalera do it? I ask because this is the best car chase issue I have read in a long time. There is no other car chase issue that comes to my mind better than this one. As I flip through the book to figure out how Scalera has accomplished it I see something I did not notice while reading for the first time. Every page in the book is a two page spread. Every page provides rows of scenes that continue across two pages. I don’t know if this aided with the excitement of the issue or not but I was so into the comic that I didn’t even notice. That’s a good sign!
I have not read a ton of Justin Jordan comics but honestly I think that is because there is not a ton of Justin Jordan out there. I have read Luther Strode, which I enjoyed but I would say hands down Dead Body Road is my favorite Justin Jordan work. These hard nose gritty characters fit Jordan’s style and he finds a way to make you love and hate practically every character in the story. This book is not just a high paced thrill ride. Jordan provides the humor and character development necessary to raise this book to the next level. In my opinion this is one of Image’s most underrated books. It really is fantastic and extremely fun to read.
So go buy a copy, take a deep breath, and dive into the pages of Dead Body Road.
Warning: The creators of this book are trained professionals. Do not attempt the panels they have created without consulting an expert.