Careful Number 1 This town sucks
Writer and Cover by Gentry Smith
Pencils and Inks by Adam Markiewicz
Gray Tones by Roderic Rodrigez and Marc Lewis
Letters by Brant Fowler
Printed by Paper Street Comics
High school sucks for everyone I think unless you happen to be one of those popular ones, and Careful is a seething roaring mass of everything that sucks about High School. With a sweet twist, revenge, revenge not served cold but in a fiery death after the lead football dude is caught on film getting head from another football dude. I always thought there was something twisted about a lot of football and after seeing a couple of major sports coaches doing things with boys, this comic book ends up being both somewhat true to reality, and totally fanciful. In other words, I liked it, and liked it a lot. There are many worthy moments in here for anyone who had to survive regular High School and ended up on the wrong end of the popularity stick.
And yes, if this was anywhere next to true there would have been a large number of unexplained deaths against everyone who made my High School experience a living hell. I would hope that they would all read this and ponder the influence they have had in those four short years, and maybe get off the bus and stop to think about the negative karma they have built up for themselves.
Technically the book is an awesome read with excellent flow, worthy drawings, and a nice sense of the visual story line. The story is simply engaging with enough awesome twists to keep people reading and engrossed in the story. It ends too soon, but there are three more in the series I am hoping to catch up on and see what happens. I am looking forward to a lot more mayhem as the story line progresses past the first comic book. Heck, revenge is something a lot of my D&D playing friends really seriously thought about in High School, and yes, if I had had the power, there would have been a lot of dead bodies in my High School. Teenagers are pretty much so raw nerve endings to begin with unsure of themselves and what they are becoming, and this comic book draws on this with an uncanny and unerring spear right to the heart of the matter of High School bullying by the popular on the unpopular.
I am going to rate this one five of five stars, engrossing and well written, excellent drawings, and a story line that can be understood by 99% of anyone who went through High School, and got bullied. Well worth getting and reading, I got my copy over on Graphicly.